Monitoring framework for medicine wholesalers (AF0026)
Action Plan: Afghanistan Action Plan 2019-2021
Action Plan Cycle: 2019
Lead Institution: The Ministry of Public Health (MoPH)
Support Institution(s): Relevant civil society organizations
Policy AreasE-Government, Health, Public Participation, Public Service Delivery, Subnational
What is the public problem that the commitment will address?
Existence of open borders with neighboring countries, illicit imports, smuggling of medicines, corruption in customs department, insufficient monitoring on medicine markets and low literacy rate among public caused that expired medicines in some cases can be at the disposal of public and patients in the market.
Lack of appropriate storage condition for some medicines is another major challenge in the medicine market of Afghanistan which requires special temperature, humidity and other special conditions. Failure to comply with medicines’ storage conditions can result to amputation of curative nature of medicine in many cases, adverse medication effects on the health of consumer.
What is the commitment?
To address this problem, MoPH is committed to conducting regular monitoring of the medicine`s market in partnership with civil society. MoPH will not only limit its activities to the collection and dumping of expired medicines, but it will also monitor the storage conditions of medicines in wholesale stocks and pharmacies. All expired medicines and the medicines stored in non-standard conditions have to be collected and dumped. In addition, it shall make wholesalers and pharmaceutical companies provide standard conditions for standard storage of the pharmaceutics.
How will the commitment contribute to solving the public problem?
Strict market monitoring can improve the storage conditions of medicines and prevent the supply of substandard and expired medicines. Serious scrutiny of the pharmaceutical market, collection and disposal of poor quality medicines will force all market actors to respect and adhere to the principles and regulations of MoPH for pharmaceutical market.
Why is this commitment relevant to OGP values?
This commitment is related to accountability and CSOs scrutiny from medicine market ensures civic participation.
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