In Zimbabwe, a pharmacy assessment was conducted in 4 health care facilities to ascertain pharmacy and logistical issues on the ground before implementation of decentralization.
Results. All pharmacy managers interviewed had undergone training in pharmacy and logistics. 3/4 facilities, excluding the district hospital reported the need for additional training to cover off duty managers and sickness. Drug supply (NatPharm) to facilities was highly commended, efficient and all facilities had adequate drug stocks of these drugs.
Recommendations. There was need for quality control checks of records and actual stock levels to avoid emergency, District Hospital to have buffer stocks to accommodate new enrolments on ART, and training of cadres in pharmacy and logistics.
Muzambi, M.; Mabugu, T.; Gibb, D.M.; Cataldo, F.; Seeley, J. Baseline pharmacy assessment of stock status of ART drugs, non-ART drugs and HIV test kits in Lablite Demonstration sites in Zimbabwe prior to decentralisation of ART services. Presented at 17th International Conference on AIDS and STI’s in Africa 2013. (2013)