Drug Supply Systems of Missionary Organizations. Identifying Factors Affecting Expansion and Efficiency: Case Studies from Uganda and Kenya.
(2002; 92 pages)


In many developing countries, difficulties that governments face in drug supply systems have been addressed by many researchers. However, there are few detailed studies regarding efficient management of drug supply systems by mission organizations, despite their large contribution in many cases to the health care systems of developing countries. Existing literature has pointed out that efficiency of mission organizations and their high service quality are due to a high dependence on foreign donors. In fact, there are some mission drug supply systems that have become self-sustainable and have expanded their drug supply capacity to the public and private sectors.

In order to identify the key factors for success and obstacles facing mission run drug store systems, this work is a detailed qualitative and quantitative study on the drug management systems of the Mission for Essential Drugs and Supplies (MEDS) in Kenya and the Joint Medical Store (JMS) in Uganda. The methods of this study, using in-depth interviews and analysis of data given by the organizations, have produced a comprehensive overview of both organizations, and have drawn lessons regarding sustainability and expansion.

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