Sustainable Drug Seller Initiatives

Project Overview

The Sustainable Drug Seller Initiatives (SDSI) program built upon MSH’s Strategies for Enhancing Access to Medicines (SEAM) and East African Drug Seller Initiatives (EADSI) programs. Those programs focused on creating and implementing public-private partnerships using government accreditation to increase access to quality pharmaceutical products and services in underserved areas of Tanzania and Uganda. The goal of SDSI was to ensure the maintenance and sustainability of these public-private drug seller initiatives in Tanzania and Uganda and to introduce and roll out the initiative in Liberia. 

MSH's work in the three countries helped expand access to medicines and treatment in additional geographical areas, and to solidify the global view that initiatives to strengthen the quality of pharmaceutical products and services provided by private sector drug sellers are feasible, effective, and sustainable in multiple settings.

The project’s objectives were to:

  • Enhance accredited drug seller initiatives’ long-term sustainability, contributions to community-based access to medicines and care, and ability to adapt to changing health needs and health system context.
  • Facilitate the spread of private-sector drug seller initiatives.
  • Define and characterize information related to consumer access to and use of medicines and facilitate its use in developing public health policy, regulatory standards, and treatment guidelines.