LaunchDSI, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, promotes accredited drug seller initiatives to improve access to affordable, quality medicines and pharmaceutical services in retail drug outlets.

Starting in Tanzania in 2003 with the accredited drug dispensing outlets (ADDOs), the accreditation model has been refined and adapted for Uganda and Liberia. LaunchDSI exists to help advance the accredited drug seller model in other African countries.

Our Drug Seller Initiatives website and toolkit provide resources from Liberia, Tanzania, and Uganda including training curricula, evaluation results, and drug lists for accredited shops to sell. Our bibliography allows you to search on articles and reports related to retail drug outlets around the world. For more information on the technical assistance and resources available through LaunchDSI, send email to

Accredited Drug Seller Initiatives Publication Compendium: 2009–2017

Over more than a decade MSH authors have published a number of journal articles describing the accredited drug seller implementation experience and lessons learned in Tanzania—home of the flagship ADDO program. Ranging from robust multi-method quantitative research to informative qualitative research, the compendium is classified by overarching topic and includes links to the full articles, […]


LaunchDSI updates training materials to reflect best practices in adult learning

Working with an international training expert, LaunchDSI updated Uganda’s ADS dispensing (sellers) and business (owners) curricula with new content and teaching methods. Additional content includes instructions on conducting rapid diagnostic tests for malaria and a suite of notifiable diseases that can be incorporated based on an individual country’s risk profile. In addition, our expert applied […]


LaunchDSI presents at the East African Healthcare Federation Conference

Nasser Lubowa of Uganda’s National Drug Authority, Aziz Maija of MSH Uganda, and Eliphace Mkumbo of LaunchDSI in Tanzania will be presenting a poster at EAHF in Kampala in June 2016. The conference theme is: The Role of the Private Sector in Attaining the Healthcare Sustainable Development Goals. The Uganda team will discuss their experiences in implementing […]

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