Convincing results with Jazia PVS in Dodoma Region
Bundled with supportive measures of regular auditing and supportive supervision, Jazia PVS has shown remarkable results. A significant increase in availability of medicines at health facilities and enhanced accountability have been measured.
A composite of five operational indicators is used to monitor the performance of the Jazia PVS on a quarterly basis.
Twenty-four tracer items are used to monitor medicines availability at health facilities. Due to the innovative PV system and accompanying measures such as auditing and coaching, mean medicine availability in the region increased by over 40% between 2013 and 2018.
Prime Vendor performance
As of 2018, purchases by health facilities from the Prime Vendor over the period of 4 years of PV system operations were estimated at about TShs 2 billion annually.
Overall, relative purchases from the PV (at 53%) were slightly more than purchased from MSD (at 47%) during the period of 4 years after operations of the PV system began.
The Prime Vendor’s (as a supplier) overall performance, measured by a composite of 7 indicators has been rated “Good” in 2018, assessing delivery time, fill rate, quality of supplies, communication and overall satisfaction with PV Services.
Average delivery time from the Prime Vendor was 10 working days as compared to an average delivery time of 1 month or more from MSD.
The Prime Vendor’s (as a supplier) order fulfillment rate averaged 99% which added to the general satisfaction of health facilities with PV services.
The President’s Office of Regional Administration and Local Government (PORALG) together with HPSS planned and implemented the national roll-out.
Funding for scaling up was provided by the government and dedicated basket funds.
A 12-step approach for implementation was applied.
Cascade training from national to facility level was conducted. Each selected private vendor signed a contract with the respective regional authority.
The Jazia PVS was expanded from the three pilot regions to all 26 regions of Tanzania mainland, covering 185 councils, 5381 health facilities and a total population of 51’400’000.