Supply and management of commodities


Reliable and affordable supplies of commodities are critical for the success of HIV counselling and testing services. They affect the quality of the services, and their availability and cost influence the uptake of HIV testing. An effective commodity management system must be in place to ensure their accessibility and effective use, both at the service delivery level and in referral services.

Commodity management for HIV counselling and testing services should follow well-established principles but must be flexible and responsive to the varied settings and services offered. This section considers the following operational issues:

  • commodities needed for HIV counselling and testing;
  • basic principles - the drug and health commodity management cycle;
  • management support and the policy/legal framework;
  • resources for commodity management;
  • selection;
  • procurement;
  • distribution;
  • use.