Management Sciences for Health Seeks Partners to Scale up Community Access to Quality Medicines for 70 Million People in 5 African Nations
Management Sciences for Health (MSH) announced it is seeking partners to complete its 2011 Commitment for Action at the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), pledging to scale up sustainable Accredited Drug Shops in five African nations by 2015 to bring quality essential medicines to 70 million people in rural communities. The program has already served 36 million people in three nations and economically empowered thousands of women. Over 10,000 Accredited Drugs Shops are now in operation. Read more about the Accredited Drug Shops here. MSH President & CEO Dr. Jonathan Quick will be presenting at the CGI Pitching for Partnerships Session on Tuesday, September 23 at 2:30pm.
“A decade ago, MSH decided to tackle the neglected chaos of unlicensed drug sellers by teaming up with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, with Tanzania’s visionary minister of health, its bold chief pharmacist and a progressive private sector to create an innovative public-private partnership: Accredited Drug Shops. Thousands of Accredited Drug Shops in these countries now provide access to affordable essential medicines to millions,” said Jonathan D. Quick, MD, MPH, President and CEO of MSH. “The program enables Accredited Drug Shops to provide high impact prevention and treatment close to home for family planning and major childhood killers including malaria, diarrhea, and pneumonia. It also offers entrepreneurial and employment opportunities for people living in these communities. ”
The MSH innovative and expansive model, currently operating in Tanzania, Uganda and Liberia and soon in Zambia, relies on public-private collaboration at the national, district, and community levels. Governments develop and enforce quality standards, while providing economic incentive, such as authorization to legally sell a number of prescription-only medicines. When these sales are coupled with the sale of non-prescription medicines, medical supplies, and personal care products, the likelihood of profitability and long-term sustainability of the accredited shops increases. MSH is looking for social enterprise and scale partners to expand coverage into new countries and innovation partners to address emerging health areas such as heart disease and diabetes; offer more products and services for women and girls; and improve operations of shops through mobile technologies, such as ePayment.
Most people in rural areas of Africa often first turn to their community drug shops for their medicines and health care needs. These shops may not be legally licensed, have staffs that are often untrained, and sell medicines that may be of uncertain quality or that they are not legally allowed to dispense. Regulatory inspection is infrequent and shops receive no supportive supervision.
“Drawing on the power of private-public partnerships, the MSH program accredits more private drug shops, trains more dispensers, and sells more legal medicines to the millions of people who first turn to their community drug shop for medicine and health care advice,” said Dr. Quick.
MSH partners on the 2011 Commitment to Action include: Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, The Rockefeller Foundation, and US Agency for International Development (USAID) in partnership with the Governments of Tanzania, Uganda, and Liberia.
About the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI)
Established in 2005 by President Bill Clinton, the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), an initiative of the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation, convenes global leaders to create and implement solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges. CGI Annual Meetings have brought together more than 150 heads of state, 20 Nobel Prize laureates, and hundreds of leading CEOs, heads of foundations and NGOs, major philanthropists,and members of the media. To date, members of the CGI community have made more than 2,800 Commitments to Action, which are already improving the lives of more than 430 million people in over 180 countries.
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