Kenya

Kenya

For more than 25 years, we have partnered with the Government of Kenya to strengthen its health system─from improving health financing to effectively implement programs that improve pharmaceutical and laboratory systems, health information, and the capacity of health care workers.

Pharmacy staff in Kenya

MedSource: Kenya’s First Group Purchasing Organization

At least 10% of drugs sold in Africa are thought by WHO to be falsified or substandard. To make quality and safe medicines affordable to more Kenyans, we founded MedSource, a group purchasing organization. MedSource offers its members—such as pharmacies and hospitals—the opportunity to purchase medicines and supplies from prequalified distributors and manufacturers at discount prices. By aggregating the purchasing power of a large group of members, MedSource is able to lower costs and ensure that safe, quality drugs are purchased and distributed. Members also receive business support and financing options. More than 700 health care professionals have received training in pharmacy, financial, regulatory, and inventory management. Launched in 2017, MedSource plans to expand throughout Kenya and, eventually, other African countries.

Overview

We work with local health leaders and service providers in Kenya to improve access to quality, patient-centered family planning and reproductive, maternal, newborn, child, and adolescent health services. Over the years, our work has focused on strengthening pharmaceutical supply chains to improve distribution, forecasting, quantification, inventory management, and supply planning for medicines and health commodities needed to improve maternal and child health and reach national goals for the control of HIV and TB. We are helping to improve infection prevention and control capacity, optimize the use of antimicrobial medicines, and strengthen multisectoral coordination for containing antimicrobial resistance in Kenya. In line with these activities, we have supported the country in its efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19 by implementing a national strategy in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and county governments.

MSH and Scope shared lessons learned from working in Kenya and Uganda to adapt a group antenatal care model using human-centered design. The presenters also shared results from testing this pregnancy club model in public-sector facilities.
The Lea Mimba Project developed and tested a group model of antenatal care in Kenya to promote social support and self-care during pregnancy.
In 2017, MSH created MedSource, the first private commercial group purchasing organization in Kenya. MedSource helps its members—pharmacies, hospitals, clinical laboratories, and other health care providers—realize savings and efficiencies by aggregating purchasing volume and using that leverage to negotiate discounts with manufacturers, wholesalers, distributors, and other vendors.