Snap survey reveals medicine stockouts still plague Kenya, Malawi, Uganda and Zambia

Stockouts Map

During ‘pill check week’, researchers visited public health institutions countrywide and checked on the availability of a list of 10 essential medicines. These are medicines that should be readily available in public health facilities.

Using innovative technology, the team then reported the results through short messaging services (SMS) to a common site, and the data has been reflected in the map above that shows areas where medication is out of stock.

If you clickon the map, you will be taken to a page where you can see which medicines were out of stock and unavailable during the researchers’ spot check.


  1. Coalition members demand the government for an action on T.B Medicine stock outs.
    As the world commemorates the World T.B Day on the 24th of March 2012 with the Theme: Stop T.B in our life time, it was noted that there were messages in the media by National medical stores that were geared towards refuting the state of T.B medicines stock outs in the country.
    This press conference was held to react to the messages claiming there were no shortages in the country.

    The coalition members came in one voice to agree to the fact that the World TB Day comes at a time when the country is been hit by a crisis of TB medicines stock out and the Ministry of Health is giving messages contrary to the state of TB medicines in the country.

    “We feel this is irresponsibility and abuse to the patients because medicines for TB have been out of stock since November 2011, although some facilities started getting these medicines, others have not and patients have been complaining while health centre officials have been frustrated by this.” Denis Kibira the Medicines advisor HEPS-Uganda and the National coordinator for Stop stock out campaign said.

    Patients reported that: Jinja Hospital, Balukuba health centre, Ruharo hospital, Oguru Health centre IV in Lira, Arua Referral Hospital, Gulu, Masaka, Rakai, and Nyantondo among others have no medicines.

    Kibira further noted that this contravenes reports by National Medical Stores that there are medicines at the National Medical Stores. It doesn’t mean that if there are medicines at the National Medical stores there will be automatically medicines in the health facilities. Availability of medicines is when patients can go out to the health facilities and find these medicines there.

    As the World tries to stop TB in our generation, we are here as civil society to have an action from the government.
    Mathias Mulumba the Board chair said, “Uganda as a country should stop relying on donors especially for medicines as cheap as those for T.B, since we know Uganda heavily relies on funds from Global Funds, PEPFAR, and once these funds cease to be, then this means Ugandans will die.

    The Press conference was attended by HEPS-Uganda and the other coalition members who included among other: CEPARD, NAFOPHANU, CEHURD, AGHA UYF and Mamas club held at the HEPS Uganda Secretariat.


  1. […] server, and the incoming data is managed via FrontlineSMS. These results are then reflected in an online map of the country, produced using mapping tool Ushahidi, and showing areas where medication is out of stock. This […]

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