The Challenges and Their Determinants of Supply Chain of Pharmaceuticals in South West Ethiopia

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The determinants and Challenges in Supply Chain of Pharmaceuticals in South West Region
The determinants and Challenges in Supply Chain of Pharmaceuticals Fund and Supply Agency (PFSA) 1 Jimma Hub to Supply Quality Assured Essential pharmaceuticals to Health Facilities in South West Region 1 !Unexpected End of Formula 1. Introduction 2 1.1. Statement of the Problem 3 1.2. Study goal, objectives and indicators 3 1.2.1. Goal 3 1.2.2. Objective & Indicators 3 1.3. Hypothesis 4 1.4. Significance of the Study 4 1.5. Scope of the Study 5 2. Literature Review 5 2.1. TODAY'S CHALLENGES 6 2.2. Supply Chain Pain Points 6 2.2.1. Lack of Visibility, Particularly Upstream 6 2.2.2. Alignment with Third-Party
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1. Introduction
In mid-2007, the Pharmaceuticals Fund and Supply Agency (PFSA) was established with a larger mandate to supply the entire country with both Program and Essential drugs, as well as serve as the distribution entity for vaccines, other health facility supplies, and laboratory equipment. The end goal is for PFSA to be the sole distributor of health-related materials to all public facilities within the country scale up the supply of essential medicines from 55% to 100%. PFSA’s current supply chain starts with the import of most drugs via the port of Djibouti. These products are then trucked into Addis Ababa, before being distributed to the various distribution centers (Hubs), including Jimma, and on to the hospitals, clinics, and health centers (together termed Health Facilities).

PFSA Jimma Hub, with the aforementioned mandate, supplies pharmaceuticals to more than 80 health facilities in south west region of the country. However, HFs are questioning the capacity of the agency to effectively and efficiently provide the service committed to these all HFs complaining fail to avail even 50% of their demand. The agency fail to avail the right product at the right quantity at the right time with prompt delivery as a result of which HFs are turning their face to look for other options, especially to private sectors, to satisfy their needs and their customers which may lead to high cost of health care services. So, to avoid

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