Core Services

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Procurement

NatPharm procures medicines and medical supplies for all public health institutions and mission hospitals in Zimbabwe through a sound and transparent tendering system. Annually, NatPharm floats tenders worth tens of million of United States dollars for the procurement of these health commodities.

Procurement of these health commodities is based on selected drugs and dosage forms and available financial resources. Procedures adopted in procuring drugs by NatPharm  include:

• Estimating quantity of each drug product required for a given period,

• Finding out the prices of the different drug dosage forms required,

• Allocating funds for each drug dosage form depending on:

  1. Priority nature of the drug and dosage form,
  2. Available finances

*** Requisition for drug and dosage form is made after due consultation with health professionals that include Physicians, Specialist Doctors, General Practioners and Nurses.

NatPharm follows procurement regulations as enunciated in the Procurement Act.

Storage

NatPharm maintains proper storage conditions for health commodities because it is vital to ensuring their quality. Product expiration dates are based on ideal storage conditions and protecting product quality until their expiration date is important for serving customers and conserving resources. NatPharm follows strict WHO and MCAZ guidelines for storage of these health commodities.

The company boasts of having 6 warehouses strategically located geographically. The warehouses are in Harare, Bulawayo, Chinhoyi, Gweru, Masvingo and Mutare. Currently the organization is constructing 2 new warehouses in Harare and Mutare through the funding from Chinese Government and Global Fund respectively.

Distribution

NatPharm distributes these health commodities across the country, i.e over 1800 institutions. NatPharm runs several distributions systems as follows:

  • Zimbabwe Assisted Pull System (ZAPS) - for Essential Medicines
  • ZADS - For HIV Commodities
  • ZILACOD - For Laboratory Medicines
  • VMMC - For Voluntary Male circumcisions commodities
  • VIAC Programme

The organization has a fleet of 31 trucks of which 9 are refrigerator trucks. NatPharm also gets assistance from USAID by availing 11 trucks for Distribution. In some situations, NatPharm hires private trucks.

 
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