(2013; 66 pages)
This report focuses on the role of the Central Medical Stores (CMS) in the health systems of developing countries and the approaches to address dysfunctions at the CMSs. These approaches either de-emphasize the CMS or enact a more radical shift in its management structure. This report defines and describes these approaches by category and by their potential benefits. We also provide a framework to guide the selection of an approach by highlighting the technical criteria for determining its suitability. This report promotes these approaches and their potential benefits for health supply system design and support.