Bangladesh Launches Model Drug Supply Project. Essential Drugs Monitor No. 007 (1988)
(1988; 1 page)


In 1982, Bangladesh enacted a new national drug policy. The policy has been successful in most areas, but significant improvements had not been made in drug availability by 1988. To remedy this situation, Bangladesh developed a pilot project to design and test an improved system of drug supply at the primary health care level. The program focuses on improved management to ensure constant drug availability. Components of the project include quality control, training, information, cost recovery, and monitoring. Bangladesh made self-sufficiency in the field of drug production a priority and outlawed the import of any drug that is already manufactured locally at acceptable quality. Supply kits and standard treatment schedules will be used during the project by health centres to ration drugs appropriately. The project includes re-orientation training and the upgrading of professional skills at all levels. New training materials in the local language have been produced and will be distributed as part of the project. Bangladesh created a sliding payment scale that will yield approximately 30% cost recovery for public health care services. Bangladesh also emphasized the need for monitoring the supply system, training programmes, and impact of training. Effective monitoring tools include the Household Health Book, community involvement, and volunteers in rural communities. Dr. Mofazzal Husain, Project Director, scheduled the project to be implemented in stages because the considerable number of conflicting interests involved could result in failure. (Abstract by Flannery Bowman, 2013)

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