Uganda Health Supply Chain
The USAID-funded and MSH-led Uganda Health Supply Chain (UHSC) project focused on improving supply chain management practices and outcomes by introducing new supply chain strategies, appropriate tools, policies, and procedures that improve efficiency and transparency, promote effective collaboration, and provide evidence to guide policy change. Building upon its predecessor project, Securing Ugandans' Right to Essential Medicines (SURE), UHSC developed and implemented interventions that combine policy, regulatory, managerial, financial, and educational interventions with routine performance monitoring.
UHSC’s five strategic objectives include:
- Developing and implementing national policies to improve affordability, availability, and accessibility of essential medicines and health to improve the health of all Ugandans
- Creating country systems to effectively and sustainably manage essential medicines and health supplies at all levels in the public and private-not-for-profit sectors
- Increasing availability and accountability of reproductive and maternal and child health commodities among priority populations
- Supporting scale up of Uganda’s HIV and AIDS response
- Strengthening supply chain capacity to respond to public health emergencies
Working directly with the Uganda Ministry of Health's pharmacy department, technical programs, district-level health managers, and private and public care facilities in 89 districts, UHSC worked with Uganda's National Medical Store, Joint Medical Store, National Drug Authorities, and other partners—including the Global Fund, UNICEF, and UNFPA—to transform Ugandan pharmaceutical systems and practices.
- Built the capacity of health workers in medicines management and electronic logistics management systems through the Supervision Performance Assessment and Recognition Strategy (SPARS). SPARS led to the availability of quality data, which supports evidence-based supply chain decisions at all levels in the ministry and contributes to commodity security.
- Supported the establishment of a resilient public health supply chain that is responsive to public health emergencies. Developed an emergency Electronic Logistics Management Information System to help decision makers efficiently allocate and distribute lifesaving medicines during public health emergencies.
- Installed prefabricated medicines stores at 26 high volume facilities, allowing storage of antiretroviral medicines and ensuring the uninterrupted supply of lifesaving medicines for people living with HIV. The facilities also supported the roll-out of the test-and-treat strategy for achieving HIV and AIDS control.
- Supported the development of a needs-based allocation formula for essential medicines and health supplies to address any recurrent inequity.
- Advocated for the re-establishment of the essential medicines and health supplies credit line at Uganda’s Joint Medical Store, which ensures a basic level of access to vital essential medicines and health supplies for 539 private not-for-profit health facilities.