Securing Ugandans' Right for Essential Medicines (Uganda SURE)
Country of Operation
- Management Sciences for Health (MSH)’s Center for Pharmaceutical ManagementNot-for-profit
Target income level
- Bottom 20%
- Lower-middle income (20-40%)
- Middle-income (40-60%)
- Higher middle-income (60-80%)
- High-income (80-100%)
SummarySecuring Ugandans' Right for Essential Medicines (Uganda SURE) aims to ensure that the people of Uganda have access to adequate quantities of high quality, essential medicines and health supplies, by strengthening the national pharmaceutical supply system.
SURE's objectives are to: * Improve Uganda's policy, legal, and regulatory framework to produce pharmaceutical supply chain stability and sustainability * Improve capacity and performance of central government entities, especially the National Medical Stores, to carry out their supply chain management responsibilities * Improve capacity and performance of districts, health sub-districts, and implementing partners in their supply chain management roles
Key program components
The first step will be to conduct an options analysis to identify policy and finance reforms as well as supply chain improvements needed to make the pharmaceutical system more effective and efficient. The options analysis will define the specific changes needed to remove roadblocks, determine the feasibility of proposed changes, and provide the basis to obtain necessary commitments to change from stakeholders. At the national and local level, SURE will focus its capacity building efforts on quantification and procurement, warehousing, distribution, financial management, the use of management information systems, organizational management, and strategic planning for senior managers. SURE will base its capacity building process on Management Sciences for Health’s (MSH) Monitoring-Training-Planning (MTP) approach that strengthens human resource capacity by giving local staff members the skills and tools to identify, analyze, and tackle problems using existing resources. Performance-based incentive programs and a facility accreditation scheme will reinforce capacity-building efforts and encourage not only individuals, but also organizations to improve pharmaceutical and financial management practices at all levels.