Guidelines for Redistribution of Excess and Near-expiry Essential Medicines Between Public Health Facilities in South Sudan. May 2016
(2016; 15 pages)


In South Sudan, the kit system of medicine distribution has resulted in excess stocks and shortages in some health facilities. Excess stock also creates a shortage of storage space and increases the risk of drug expiry before consumption. Some health facilities are practicing stock exchange and transfer to overcome the issue of overstocking and shortages of medicines. However, this practice often creates discrepancies in reporting due to lack of appropriate documentation and possible misappropriation of medicines.

This guideline has been developed to provide a harmonized framework for redistribution of excess and near-expiry essential medicines and prevent wastage. This document is intended as a guide for all health workers, stakeholders and partners, and Government ministries and agencies in planning, resource mobilization, and implementation of redistribution and expiry of medicines control. This document is expected to contribute to rational use of medicines by reducing waste and shortages in the country. It is hoped that this guideline will assist all health institutions and health workers involved in essential medicines management at all levels of care and will be referred to at all times to minimize wastage of resources.

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