February 2015 — IDEAS was contracted by Futures Group, through its Health Policy Project (HPP), to conduct a situational analysis of factors that must be considered in distributing insecticide-treated bed nets through public-sector antenatal care clinics. One IDEAS consultant and two staff members provided technical assistance for this analysis.
The IDEAS team carried out a wide range of interviews with key stakeholders at every level of the health system. They held discussions with the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI), which supported the initiative; the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare’s National Malaria Control Program; and current PMI partners. They interviewed regional, district and health facility personnel in two health zones to determine the operation, capacity and performance of the current medical supply chain and to consider possible adjustments that could improve performance and reduce costs. They visited regional and district government offices, a Medical Stores Department zonal warehouse, hospitals, health centers and dispensaries. And they talked with private Accredited Drug Dispensing Outlets (“Duka la Dawa Muhimu”) and private-sector transporters and distributers.
The IDEAS consultant, who led the assignment, made a second visit to Tanzania to discuss findings with the PMI and other stakeholders. The consultancy reports are public documents and are available from Futures Group and IDEAS.