The Medical Stores Department

The Medical Stores Department (MSD) is an autonomous department of the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare that is responsible for the procurement, storage, and distribution of essential drugs and other medical supplies for the United Republic of Tanzania. Created by an act of Tanzanian Parliament in 1993, the mission of MSD is “to make available at all times essential drugs and medical supplies of acceptable quality at cost-effective prices to the population through government and approved non-government and private health facilities.”

MSD is the public sector champion and principal stakeholder in Project Last Mile. MSD provided a receptive context for organizational change efforts and knowledge transfer activities, working alongside ADP and the Coca-Cola bottling partners in the areas of last mile logistics, core planning and procurement, talent management and monitoring and evaluation. (See Partnership in Action

Photo caption: The MSD warehouse in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
Photo credit: Right to Health

 Background Resources

MSD:Browse the website of the Medical Stores Department.

 Partners' Perspectives

[MSD] was a natural partner because of its role as the sole procurement and the special entity for public sector health products…the Global Fund has about 1 billion U.S. dollars committed to Tanzania but 50% of this money is actually for procurement of health products and all these funds pass through MSD, so MSD was the natural partner because that’s where the challenges were.” - Fund Portfolio Manager for Tanzania, The Global Fund

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