Stock outs of essential medicines in Uganda

Stock outs of essential medicines are still experienced in half of the public sector health facilities in Uganda. Public health facilities in Uganda are categorized according to the level of care with level 2 and Hospital as the lowest and highest level respectively. A Ministry of Health report reveals that 47% of level 2 health… Read More

Improve women’s health worldwide

In order to improve women’s health worldwide 1) quantify the unmet need for maternal health medicines so manufacturers can adequately scale up to meet that need and cost estimates to achieve universal coverage can be calculated and 2) strengthen management information systems to ensure medicine availability and avoid stock outs but not too far in… Read More

Manage side effects of contraceptives to enable Family Planning in Uganda

The Uganda Demographic and Health Survey of 2011 estimated the Contraceptive Prevalence Rate to be 30%, the unmet need for Family Planning to be 34%, and the Total Fertility rate to be 6.2 in Uganda. This means that only 30% of women of reproductive age are using contraceptives while another 34% would wish to use… Read More

Do you know your national priorities?

The Uganda budget framework paper 2014/15 states our national priorities as follows: 2.1 STRATEGIC BUDGET PRIORITIES FOR FINANCIAL YEAR 2014/15 2.1.1 Security and Defence 2.1.2 Infrastructure Development 2.1.3 Energy Infrastructure 2.1.4 Science, Technology and Innovation for Industrialization and Private Sector Competitiveness 2.1.5 Agricultural Production and Productivity 2.1.6 Tourism 2.1.7 Human Capital Development Education Health Water,… Read More

Respect and follow prescriptions to fight against Antimicrobial Resistance

According to WHO http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs194/en/, Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is resistance of a microorganism to an antimicrobial drug that was originally effective for treatment of infections caused by it. Resistant microorganisms (including bacteria, fungi, viruses and parasites) are able to withstand attack by antimicrobial drugs, such as antibacterial drugs (e.g., antibiotics), antifungals, antivirals, and antimalarials, so that… Read More

Quantification, forecasting, supply planning and procurement tables – the logical flow

Are you involved in any program that includes provision of commodities? Or is your business involved holding inventory? The principles of Procurement and supply management cut across but I will focus on the health sector for now. This could be pharmaceuticals, laboratory supplies, bed nets or any other commodity necessary in health care. At one… Read More

Face to Face with Cancer: Inhuman financial barrier to access of healthcare and cancer treatment!

We lost our aunt early this year after a progression of cancer within 6 months. The explanation was that we took long to detect the cancer and therefore it was diagnosed at advanced stage. However, 6 months before the diagnosis our aunt had been given a clean bill that she was free of cancer after… Read More

Post–shipment testing of condoms: Strengthening Quality Assurance for Reproductive Health commodities including male condoms and female condoms

In 2004, the National Drug Authority (NDA) established the post shipment testing policy for condoms in Uganda. The policy followed closely on quality concerns over a popular public sector condom brand, the “Engabu Condom”. The policy requires samples of all condom shipments to pass quality tests after arriving in the country and before distribution, in… Read More

Sustainable health commodity security in face of declining donor funding

Health care depends on the supply of medicines and other health commodities. Without a steady supply of these commodities, health facilities suffer stock outs and health workers are unable to provide appropriate services. It is therefore important to ensure that health workers and the public can at all time freely access, obtain and use health… Read More