Speech of His Excellency Terence McCulley, Ambassador of the United States of America in Côte d’Ivoire during the Inaugural Tour of New Pharmacy

 Laying the cornerstone of health warehouse

I am very happy with your choice to involve the Government of the United States of America at this ceremony.

The positive changes we see in the New Public Health Pharmacy (NPSP) in recent months are very important for the success of health programs in Côte d’Ivoire.  I commend the Government of Côte d’Ivoire for its courageous decision to change the legal framework and organizational new PSP to allow for more efficient management of resources.  The United States is proud to have participated with the other partners in the health sector in the reform process of this important feature of the health system in Côte d’Ivoire.

The proposed construction of the prefabricated warehouse is the result of joint funding of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Global Fund for the Fight against Tuberculosis, AIDS and Malaria. This effort is evidence of the confidence that partners have in the NPSP in its role as a pillar in the distribution system of medicines and health products in Côte d’Ivoire.

This ultra-modern warehouse, which costs three billion CFA francs, will be built on an area of ​​four thousand square-meters.  I applaud the efforts of SCMS, the USAID partner which, in addition to its usual role of technical assistance to strengthen the supply and acquisition of medication, will coordinate the construction.

This infrastructure will allow us to significantly increase the storage capacity and optimize the streamlining of products related to HIV/AIDS and other health products.  For example, the number of people on antiretroviral therapy is increasing rapidly and requires increased drugs and supplies for screening volume, clinical laboratory testing and support. For that, we must increase the storage capacity at the national level. The storage of large capacity items will therefore allow the NPSP to better organize its storage system and distribution to ensure continuous availability of essential commodities to support these populations.

I want to take this opportunity to thank the Honorable Minister of Health and the Fight against AIDS for her availability and her unwavering commitment. I also want to congratulate the Ministers of Economy and Budget for their commitment to this project by providing facilities and exemptions.

I congratulate the NPSP team for its dedication and drive to make this project possible and I would encourage them to effectively coordinate the efforts of all partners involved in the technical implementation of the project. I am pleased to attend the laying of the foundation stone of this project and I hope to join you by the month of May 2015 for the inauguration of the new warehouse, the fruit of our efforts to come.

The American government is committed to support the Government of Côte d’Ivoire in its goal to improve and enhance its storage capacity for pharmaceuticals.  So, in partnership with the Global Fund, we improved storage conditions and increased storage capacity of the K, L and M stores of NPSP and have now mobilized resources for the manufacture of this prefabricated warehouse.

The government of United States of America will continue to support the Government of Côte d’Ivoire in its efforts to improve the health care system for the welfare of its people.

Cheers to to the health of all Ivorians and,

Cheers for the cooperation between the United States of America and Côte d’Ivoire.