Representatives of Southern African Development Community (SADC) and Tanzania’s Medical Stores Department (MSD) officials are currently meeting in Tanzania to discuss and review the proposed SADC Pooled Procurement Services (SPPS) guideline, The Citizen reported.
The SADC SPPS is an outcome of SADC Ministers of Health and Ministers Responsible for HIV and AIDS meeting held South African in 2017. Its guideline aims to ensure savings and increased efficiency in procurement and delivery of medicines and medical supplies for the SADC member states.
The meeting also aims to ensure that SADC member states familiarise themselves with supply chain management, procedures and processes required in implementing the SPPS.
“By the end of this meeting, the member states will share with MSD their specific requirements in terms of procedures and regulations pertaining to pharmaceutical supplies,” said Abdul Mwanja, MSD’s Acting Director of Procurement.
Officiating the meeting which is expected to end today, MSD’s Governing Chief Pharmacist, Daudi Msasi reiterated his department’s determination to purchase drugs and medical supplies directly from over 145 local and international pharmaceutical companies at the lowest prices and supply them to the customers at right time.
“The business will benefit the local pharmaceutical firms,” said Msasi, adding that the government will purchase essential drugs and medical supplies from the local firms.