Management Sciences for Health (MSH), a private nonprofit organization that works to strengthen health systems worldwide, was founded in 1971 by Dr. Ronald O'Connor, who wanted to provide technical assistance in public health management to the developing world.
MSH is based in Cambridge, Mass., and receives the vast majority of its funding from the federal government — $155,826,790 for fiscal 2005. MSH is involved in multiple health policy and service areas, including leadership development, financial management, pharmaceutical procurement and inventory management.
Partly as a result of its international work in treatment and supply chain management, MSH is one of the largest recipients of President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) grants over the last three years, receiving more than $44 million in fiscal 2005 alone. MSH has been receiving funding from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) for 35 years, said Dr. Malcolm Bryant, MSH's director for the Center of Health Outcomes.
In September 2005, the Partnership for Supply Chain Management (PSCM), a nonprofit group created by John Snow Inc. and Management Sciences for Health, was awarded a USAID contract that totals up to $7 billion. The contract was for providing pharmaceuticals and related supplies in PEPFAR countries. MSH and JSI are joined by 15 subcontractors, which include universities, defense companies and international health organizations.
MSH's role in PSCM is multifaceted. It assists in the coordination of country support for HIV/AIDS commodity policy; provides training, guidance, management and technical expertise as well as quality insurance.
MSH has previous experience in supply chain systems and has a program called Rational Pharmaceutical Management Plus Cooperative Agreement, which predates PEPFAR. The program aims to improve access to drugs, vaccines, supplies and equipment.