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 the best practices in adult learning by making the teaching methodology more interactive with role plays, exercises, and group discussions. We recommend that countries looking to launch accredited drug seller initiatives use these curricula to adapt for their own contexts.
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.
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.