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J Pharm Policy Pract. 2018 Oct 15;11:23. doi: 10.1186/s40545-018-0150-1. eCollection 2018.

Pharmaceutical system strengthening in Uganda: implementing a holistic, evidence-informed, long-term strategy.

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Management Sciences for Health, Plot 15, Princess Anne Drive, Bugolobi, P.O. Box 71419, Kampala, Uganda.
2Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute, 133 Brookline Avenue, 6th Floor, Boston, MA 02215 USA.
3Ministry of Health, Pharmacy Department, Lourdel Road, Wandegeya, Kampala, Uganda.
4Management Sciences for Health, 4301 N. Fairfax Drive, Suite 400, Arlington, VA 22203 USA.


A strong pharmaceutical sector is a precondition for effective and efficient health care and financing systems, and thus for achieving the best possible health of a population. Supported by visionary, long-term donor funds, in conjunction with mutual trust, the USAID-funded Securing Ugandans Rights to Essential Medicines (SURE) and Uganda Health Supply Chain (UHSC) program engaged in a close, more than 10 year-long (in 2018) collaboration with the Ministry of Health of Uganda. Over time, the partnership implemented numerous multi-pronged comprehensive changes in the pharmaceutical sector and conducted research to document successes and failures. We describe the evolution and key characteristics of the SURE/UHSC interventions.


Logistic system development; Pharmaceutical sector development; Pharmaceutical system strengthening; Supply chain

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As a summary of interventions, no personal identifiable health or personal data, human tissue, or animals were involved, nor was there any data collection. All authors of the manuscript have read and agreed to its content and are accountable for all aspects of the accuracy and integrity of the manuscript in accordance with ICMJE criteria.The commentary is original, has not already been published in a journal, and is not currently under consideration by another journal. Consent for publication from the Ministry of Health has been obtained.The authors declare that they have no competing interests.Springer Nature remains neutral with regard to jurisdictional claims in published maps and institutional affiliations.

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