GamalEldin KhalaFalla Mohamed Ali - University of Bradford - United Kingdom 2000
Drugs are essential for preventive and curative health services. Significant demand, limited funds and high prices contribute to frequent shortages of drugs in many public health programmes. One method for financing drugs and other pharmaceutical supplies has been the establishment of Revolving Drug Funds (RDFs) in which, after an initial capital investment, drug supplies are replenished with monies collected from the sales of drugs. In the Ministry of Health, Khartoum State- Sudan (MoH-KS), there is one such fund which differs from a simple health financing project in four important respects. Firstly, the system does not promote drug sales for co-financing purposes but aims at supporting the prescribers and to provide better medical care, and patients` access to the essential drugs at reasonable prices. Secondly, the project guarantees equal drug prices throughout the state regardless of the distance from the distribution centre. Thirdly, RDF sales of drugs are directly to the patients and it collects revenues through its cash collection system. Fourthly, the programme operates on sound business management principles with commitment to public health goals. The context of this dissertation is to describe and evaluate the viability of the Revolving Drug Fund of MoH- KS. It was concluded that, the RDF successfully met its objectives and the maintaining of the current progressive operational framework will guarantee future success on the RDF.