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 Uganda’s Accredited Drug Sellers program, in particular their role in expanding access to family planning products. In addition, Eliphace Mkumbo will take questions from those interested in learning more about how to jump-start country drug seller initiatives through LaunchDSI resources.
The new video, which features interviews with current and past stakeholders, has recently been revised to reflect the advances in the ADDO program, including nationwide scale-up.
In May 2016, ZAMRA received a grant from LaunchDSI to adapt and introduce an accredited drug seller initiative called the Health Shops program. Zambia has already developed the Health Shop model and standards and regulations have been established. Once the curriculum has been adapted, ZAMRA plans to roll out the program in a phased manner, starting in two districts in each of two provinces–Muchinga and Western Provinces in the first year.
In May 2016, Uganda’s NDA received a grant from Launch DSI to further their scale-up of the Accredited Drug Shop (ADS) initiative. Four districts will be targeted the first year: Lyantonde, Kabale, Kanungu and Rakai . Other activities will include establishing an ADS database at NDA and developing a resource mobilization strategy to sustain the ADS program.
In February 2015, two different government delegations from Bangladesh visited Tanzania to see the accredited drug dispensing outlet program in action. Another delegation from the Pharmacists Council of Nigeria made the trip in May. The three delegations met with various Tanzanian authorities, including the Registrar of the Pharmacy Council, the head of the Tanzania Food and Drugs Authority, the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare’s Permanent Secretary and the country’s Chief Pharmacist. In addition to seeing examples of urban pharmacies in Dar es Salaam, the visitors made trips to Pwani and Morogoro regions to see examples of Tanzania’s ADDOs–Duka la Dawa Muhimu.
LaunchDSI team member, Eliphace Mkumbo, is presenting “The role of regulatory interventions in improving access to quality pharmaceutical services: lessons learned from accredited drug seller initiatives in Tanzania, Uganda, and Liberia” at the 2ndBiennial Scientific Conference on Medicines Regulation in Africa in Addis Ababa on November 30, 2015.