(1997; 4 pages)
Whereas the National Drug Policy and Authority Statute 1993 sets the policy and principles under which drugs may be imported into Uganda, and this being implemented in terms of commercial importation in both the Government and Private Sectors, there is need for specific regulations to ensure that drugs entering the country as donations also comply with the National Policy.
Donated drugs may enter as any thing from small scale private donations to individual health Units, usually in the Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO)/Mission Sector, to large scale supply of donated or subsidized drugs for major Ministry of Health Programs such as the Essential Drugs Support Program, Uganda National Expended Program of Immunization (UNEPI), Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI) project, etc.
Both the World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Council of Churches (WCC) have published guidelines for drug donations and the National Drug Authority has held a workshop and wide consultations on the subject. These present regulations seek to formalize and legalized the requirements in the Ugandan situation.
In the line with the recommendations of both WHO and the WCC, it is recommended that donations of drugs be discouraged, a donation of money to purchase drugs from reliable local sources is preferred...