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In a move to strengthen drug and medical supplies system in the country and acquire cost-effective, quality and reliable products the Medical Stores Department (MSD) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Aga Khan Health Services, TPJ has learnt.

According to MSD Director General Mr. Laurean Bwanakunu, the MOU is a milestone in establishing effective public-private partnerships, whereby through the agreement MSD would be shared with Aga Khan on weekly and monthly stock status, report, prices and all supply chain updates together with supporting them in ordering procedures familiarization.

"Aga Khan Health Services is a respected global healthcare provider so by working with them we believe that they would share with us some of their best equipment and product providers at the same time ensuring that drugs that are found at Aga Khan in Dar es Salaam are also found in all our health centers because they mostly work in rural areas" he said

Bwanakunu added that MSD acquires drugs from 130 industries from 26 countries in the world saying getting into partnership with Aga Khan would expose to other best manufacturers hence help fulfill its respective mandate.

For his part, Regional Chief Executive Officer for Agakhan Health Service in East Africa, Sulaiman Shahabuddin said the MoU would help MSD and his organization to work together in developing, exploring markets and enhancing sourcing base, conduct joint training on supply chain management, identify key vendors and strategic dialogue and partnership including sharing of innovative practices that can improve supply chain efficiency.

He said MSD's willingness to supply medicine and medical supplies, which are duly approved by respective regulator authorities, is a remarkable sign for successful operations and performance derived from a long journey of building integrity, infrastructure and human resources system and logistics required to meet the desires of the population aimed at improving quality health care services delivery and overcome the disease burden in Tanzania.

In October 2018, MSD signed a contract as a sole distributor of medicines, medical supplies and laboratory equipment 16 member states of the Southern African Development Community (SADC), the contract comes after the MSD was tasked to prepare for the responsibility since November 2017 at a meeting with SADC officials in South Africa.

The status took effect following signing of the contract between the MSD Director General, Mr. Laurean Bwanakunu, and SADC Executive Secretary, Dr. Stergomena Tax, in Dar es Salaam.

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