Tanzania: Our Impact

The USAID-funded Systems for Improved Access to Pharmaceuticals and Services (SIAPS) Program, led by Management Sciences for Health, in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO) and Stop TB partners, is co-hosting the 2nd Africa Tuberculosis (TB) Regional Conference on Management of TB Medicines in Zanzibar, Tanzania, from December 5 – 7, 2012.The Africa regional TB conference focuses on identifying and prioritizing country specific challenges for the management of TB medicines.

Dr. Eliud Wandwalo. {Photo credit: MSH.}Photo credit: MSH.

MSH works with international, national, and local partners to strengthen the capacity of health systems, national tuberculosis (TB) programs, and health managers to improve the lives of those affected by TB and prevent the spread of the disease. MSH participates in several global TB initiatives, including USAID’s Tuberculosis CARE I Program (following the TB CAP program); the STOP TB Partnership; and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria.

Tanzanian Health Market Innovations awardees in Uganda {Photo credit: MSH.}Photo credit: MSH.

Pharmacies and health care services are not always easily accessible to patients living in developing countries. Many have to walk several miles – if they are able to – just to reach a health care center that can provide them with medicines and treatment.With support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Management Sciences for Health (MSH) has been working with local governments (starting in Tanzania) since 2002 to improve access to affordable, quality medicines and pharmaceutical services by developing accredited retail drug shops in such underserved areas.

(New York) Management Sciences for Health (MSH) today announced its $15-million Commitment to Action at the 2011 Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Annual Meeting, pledging to scale up sustainable accredited drug seller programs in five African nations by 2015 and bring quality essential medicines to 70 million people in rural communities. The program will also positively impact the lives of thousands of female workers—many of the drug shop dispensers (up to 90 percent in some areas) are women—through creation of new business and employment opportunities.

Management Sciences for Health (MSH) has been awarded a three-year, $8.6 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to continue and expand its efforts to develop sustainable solutions enabling private drug sellers, many of them women, to help more people access essential medicines in Africa.

In Tanzania, Accredited Drug Dispensing Outlets (ADDO), private drug dispensers, are increasing access to quality pharmaceutical products and services in under-served, often rural areas of Tanzania through the use of regulation, training, and supervision. The program, through support from the Tanzania Food and Drugs Authority (TFDA), focuses on improving training and dispensing practices at retail outlets and improving regulatory enforcement to assure product quality.

In December 2010, Management Science for Health (MSH) launched the Tanzania Institutional Capacity Building Program (TZ-ICB). Senior leaders representing five implementing partners of the U.S.

Tanzania, like many countries in sub-Saharan Africa, is facing a human resource crisis in the health sector. There is a general shortage of qualified health workers throughout the country, but particularly in rural areas. Health workers in the rural areas are difficult to recruit and hard to retain, which exacerbates many health challenges related to malaria, HIV & AIDS, maternal and child health, and reproductive/family planning services.

On Wednesday, July 21, 2010, Dr. Edmund Rutta, Country Program Manager for the Strengthening Pharmaceutical Systems (SPS) Program, presented at the Management Sciences for Health (MSH), Global Health Council, and PATH Congressional Briefing entitled "Reaching Women and Children with Innovative Technologies." The event was held in conjunction with Representatives Albio Sires (NJ), Brian Baird (WA), Betty McCollum (MN), Barbara Lee (CA), Adam Smith (WA), Sheila Jackson Lee (TX), and Jim McDermott (WA) to a full standing room of over 100 guests, including two Members of Congress. Dr.

The MSH East African Drug Seller Initiative and the Tanzania Food and Drugs Authority (TFDA) finalized the rollout model for Tanzania’s accredited drug dispensing outlet (ADDO) program at a workshop in Morogoro, Tanzania, in September. MSH Senior Program Associate Edmund Rutta presented elements of the revised model at the Corporate Council on Africa’s 2009 US–Africa Business Summit, in a panel supported by the Rockefeller Foundation.

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