Zambia launches medicines and medical supplies fund to deepen access to health


The Zambia Medicines and Medical Supply Agency (ZAMMSA) has initiated the implementation of the Medicines and Medical Supplies Fund (MMSF).

Bradley Chingobe, Senior Manager for Corporate Communications at ZAMMSA, announced that this singular procurement process would be financed by the government to ensure the continuous supply of essential health commodities.

Chingobe, in a statement issued in Lusaka on Tuesday, explained that the initiative would also receive funding from partners, including the National Health Insurance Management Authority (NHIMA) and other approved commercial sources.

During the review of the MMSF in Lusaka, Dr. George Sinyangwe, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Health, stated the importance of centralising funding obligations into one basket alongside a comprehensive unified procurement plan.

“I urge cooperating partners to sustain their support to ZAMMSA, affirming the government’s ongoing efforts to strengthen the agency’s procurement systems,” Sinyangwe stated.

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He expressed confidence in ZAMMSA’s ability to effectively manage the MMSF without encountering difficulties.

Victor Nyasulu, Director General of ZAMMSA, emphasized the Agency’s commitment to prudently utilising the funds by executing a well-coordinated procurement plan.

“This procurement will be done in full consultation and input from partners,” Nyasulu assured.

He revealed that with support from the government and other partners, ZAMMSA had invested in developing a robust procurement system.

Nyasulu claimed that ZAMMSA was well-positioned to prudently utilise funds and efficiently procure, store, and distribute essential medical supplies, as mandated by the ZAMMSA Act, 2019.

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