The mandate of the Directorate of Pharmaceutical and Medical Supplies, Ministry of Health, Republic of South Sudan is to ensure that every person in South Sudan has equal opportunity and access to quality, safe, effective and affordable Pharmaceutical products and Medical supplies, because the availability and accessibility of medicines and medical supplies is essential to saving lives and ensuring functional health facilities.
Previously, the MoH depended entirely on the World Bank procurement procedures with guidance of the WHO information on policies, standards guidelines, and regulations. With the end of the MDTF project, the Ministry has taken up procurement of medicines and medical supplies to all public health facilities in the Republic of South Sudan.
Directorate Roles and Responsibilities
- To procure medicines and medical supplies.
- To ensure only high-quality medicines and medical supplies enter the supply chain, management of medical stores, transport and storage of drugs.
- To draw up policies on pharmaceuticals in South Sudan.
Major Functions of the Directorate Include:
- Development of policies and a legal and regulatory framework for streamlining the pharmaceutical sector.
- Ensuring availability of affordable, safe, efficacious and high quality medicines and supplies.
- Establishment of a national quality control laboratory and strengthen quality assurance mechanisms.
- Promotion of the rational use of medicines and containment of antimicrobial resistance.
- Procurement and distribution of vital diagnostic and therapeutic equipment
The Directorate consists of the following Departments:
- Policy and Pharmacy Practice.
- Pharmaceutical Supplies Management.
- Quality Assurance.
Main plans of the Directorate:
- Procure medicines and medical supplies
- Transport medicines and medical supplies to the Counties
- Review and update the existing Pharmaceutical Management Information System
- Establish an autonomous Central Medical Supplies (CMS)
- Construct/renovate medical stores including cold-chain storage (central, regional and State level).
- Promote local production of Pharmaceuticals.
- Strengthen the supply chain system.
- Capacity building of Pharmaceutical staff.
Distribution of Medicines and Medical Supplies
- The public health facilities receive regular distribution of medicines and medical supplies from the Central Medical stores quarterly.
- The number of functional public health facilities in the Central Medical Supplies (CMS) distribution list is 1,297 (47 hospitals, 250 Primary Health Care Centers (PHCCs) and 1,000 Primary Health Care Units (PHCUs)). These health facilities receive regular quarterly distribution from the Ministry of Health (MoH).
Dr. Moses Deng Malual