Insecticide-Treated Bed Nets (ITN) Supply Chain
In 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 designing an ITN distribution through public sector anti-natal care (ANC) clinics. One IDEAS consultant and two staff provided technical assistance to this activity.
Initially two team members traveled to Tanzania to hold discussions with the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI), which supported the initiative, and with stakeholders, particularly the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare’s National Malaria Control Program (MoHSW/NMCP), current PMI partners and other key informants. Each consultant visited either the Southern or the Lakes Health Zones to interview regional, district and health facility personnel about the operation, capacity and performance of the current medical supply chain and possible adjustments to improve performance and reduce costs. They visited regional and district government offices, a Medical Stores Department (MSD) zonal warehouse, hospitals, health centers and dispensaries and talked to 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, the MoHSW/NMCP, MSD and other stakeholders.The consultancy reports are public documents and are available from Futures Group and IDEAS.