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Distribution of pharmaceutical products: launch of the “Yeksi-naa” model aimed at increasing accessibility of medicines

5 August 2016

Read original article from Le Soleil in French here.

The launch ceremony for the new drug distribution model named “Yeksi-naa” took place yesterday in the health district of Mbao, Dakar. This approach was initiated by the National Supply Pharmacy to strengthen its supply chain.

The National Supply Pharmacy yesterday launched a new drug distribution model. The so-called “Yeksi-naa” model should redefine the master plan for the distribution of medicines and essential products across the national territory. The model seeks to address concerns regarding access to medicines in certain areas [of the country]. The core objective lies in making medicines accessible to all citizens, notwithstanding their income or location. A public-private partnership approach has been put forward to strengthen the supply of medicines. Through the end of 2016, the partnership’s first phase will rely on the expertise of contracted private operators to distribute products across 89 health centers and 1,247 health posts. The “Yeksi-naa” model focuses on family planning products of vital importance to the health of mothers, children and newborns, as well as health products, such as HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. According to Dr. Annette Seck Ndiaye, Director, National Supply Pharmacy, “this model will redefine the master plan for the distribution of medicines and essential products across the national territory.”

Innovative Strategies
Health service delivery points can face medicines stock-outs, although such medicines are available at the central level. “This situation can be largely explained by the lack of resources dedicated to product procurement and the absence of logistical cycles for the transportation of medicines in satisfactory conditions,” Ms. NDiaye explains. She notes that such a situation affects populations, especially those located in the most remote areas. These difficulties have led authorities to develop innovative strategies first aimed at extending the distribution of medicines through regions lacking a Regional Supply Pharmacy (PRA), followed by de-concentration efforts in health districts through the “Yeksi-naa” model. The plan outlines all the steps needed to ensure coverage of all health districts, allowing for improved care of patients, explains Annette Seck Ndiaye. The head of non-governmental organization Intrahealth Senegal, Babacar Guèye, called on “ensuring expanded access to medicines for all population groups.” To do so, he pleaded for the continuation of this initiative in the long-term. Mr. Guèye also commended the “candid collaboration” prevailing among the various stakeholders engaged in this process. The Secretary General for the Ministry of Health and Social Action, Ibrahima Wone, stressed that “this new initiative from the National Supply Pharmacy, implemented thanks to the support of technical and financial partners – the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and MSD for Mothers – will play a significant role in ensuring access to quality care for all population groups.”