The government of Uganda with financial support from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and Advocates Coalition for Development and Environment (ACODE) and other partners have launched a 10 year National Health Supply Chain Roadmap to ensure the sustainability of development outcomes invested in the health sector over the years. This is in spirit of availing essential medicines and health supplies to all Ugandans at all times.
Over the years, Uganda has struggled with a low reporting culture; with Hospital Administrators unable to inform responsible agencies on medicine stock in and stock outs. Records from the Ministry of Health show that Uganda loses up to a tune of $1.2M approximately sh5 billion annually worth of drug expiries largely due to lack of alert systems to detect potentially expiring drugs.
The supply chain roadmap comprises of eight themes with focus on health commodities supply, information systems and human resource among others” Dr Eric Lugada on current state.
Richard Nelson the Director of the USAID mission in Uganda told NBS that the United States government is committed to strengthening Uganda’s pharmaceutical supply chain.
In her remarks delivered by Rukia Nakadama the 3rd Prime Minster, the Premier Robinah Nabbanja said the roadmap will strategically bring the country’s interventions closer to its vision of self-reliance consistent with vision 2040. USD. 44.8 Million is to be spent on implementing the roadmap over 10 years.