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Launch of a new regional Prime Vendor system for supplementary medicines and supplies in Dodoma Region

On 11 September 2014 the Prime Vendor system- a complementary supply system to Medical Stores Department (MSD) as a unique public-private partnership (PPP) financed through complementary funds- was launched in Dodoma in presence of the deputy Minister of Health, the Swiss ambassador, SDC, directors/representatives of all relevant national, regional and district health authorities.

The objective of the Prime Vendor system is to supplement the gap in medicines supplies of MSD with supplies from a single vendor in a pooled regional approach.

The launch included numerous speeches, the signing of the contract between the region and the private supplier and the handover of the SOP handbook. Karin Wiedenmayer is the component leader for medicines management at the HPSS project. She developed the concept and managed the implementation in collaboration with two senior Tanzanian consultants, Dr. R. Mbwasi and Mr. W. Mfuko.

A comprehensive baseline survey in 2012 revealed an availability of essential medicines of 54% with a corresponding stock-out rate of 46% focusing on 26 tracer medicines. The order fulfilment rate by MSD was 59%. To contribute to the overall goal of the HPSS project by improving access to medicines in health facilities, a bundle of activities have been implemented including logistic (ILS) training, cascade coaching by peers, improved supervision and medicines and financial audits. These combined efforts in capacity building and accountability strengthening have been monitored and have shown an increase in availability from 54 to 70%. Though encouraging, these measures will have to be complemented with the new Prime Vendor system.

At the launch KWI emphasized that in addition to starting the procedures resp. ordering of supplementary medicines further accompanying measures are critical for success: close auditing to avoid leakage and better use of medicines to promote and support better health outcomes. The launch is being followed by advocacy meetings in all districts, TOT, training of health workers and districts and the first ordering with the private supplier expected in October. Noteworthy at the launch were the high representation of women (Regional Commissioner, Regional Administrative Secretary, acting Regional Medical Officer) and the strong ownership of the project by the region.