MSH to Lead 5-Year Program to Increase the Availability, Accessibility and Appropriate Use of Essential Medicines and Health Supplies in Uganda

MSH is pleased to announce that we have won the follow-on program to our successful Securing Ugandans' Right to Essential Medicines (SURE) program. USAID has awarded MSH US$29.9 million over a five-year period to increase the availability, accessibility and appropriate use of essential medicines and health supplies for Ugandans. The new program, Systems Strengthening and Health Commodities (SSHC), will be based in Kampala with Dr. Birna Trap as Chief of Party. The project is part of the portfolio of MSH's Center for Pharmaceutical Management led by Vice President Douglas Keene.

Building on the achievements of the SURE program, SSHC will focus on three main priority areas:

  1. promoting national policies and strategies that support cost-effective, equitable and transparent use of available essential medicines and health supplies;
  2. strengthening Uganda's capacity to effectively manage and use essential medicines and health supplies; and
  3. increasing the availability and access of essential medicines and health supplies for priority populations.

Our partners in this program include Uganda's Coalition for Health Promotion and Social Development, Makerere University College of Health Sciences, Harvard University/Harvard Pilgrim Care, Inc. and the Euro Health Group.

Through this program, MSH will be helping the Government of Uganda achieve its goal that "every Ugandan should access basic health services according to need irrespective of ability to pay or geographical location." The availability, access and appropriate use of essential medicines and health supplies is a vital component for providing universal health coverage for the Ugandan people.

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