(2011; 8 pages)
SPS. 2011. Technical Assistance for Organizing a National Medicine Supply System in the Dominican Republic. Submitted to the U.S. Agency for International Development by the Strengthening Pharmaceutical Systems (SPS) Program. Arlington, VA: Management Sciences for Health.
The Ministry of Public Health (MSP) of the Dominican Republic is currently implementing a Single System for Managing Medicines and Medical Supplies (SUGEMI, for its Spanish acronym). The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and Management Sciences for Health (MSH), through the latter’s Strengthening Pharmaceutical Systems (SPS) Program, have provided financial and technical assistance for the design and implementation of this system. The process, which was launched in 2008, has not been exempt from the complexities accompanying an intervention carried out within the framework of health sector reform and government decentralization. These constraints, which have been systematically and successfully addressed, can now serve as lessons learned for technical assistance providers from whom support is requested for integrating multiple public systems for the vertical supply of medicines and medical commodities into a single system.
This report is aimed at national technical personnel and consultants from development agencies involved in the implementation of integrated supply management systems. It is organized around the lessons learned to date (August 2011) during the implementation of SUGEMI in the Dominican Republic.