Many people around the world rely on private sector drug sellers to access medicines and basic advice—especially in rural areas, where a clinic may not be conveniently located. Although these drug sellers may be trusted in the community as the first point of access to medicines, problems include untrained and unqualified staff and unreliable drug quality.

Since 2000, MSH has worked with the public and private sectors to increase community access to high quality medicines and pharmaceutical services through drug seller initiatives that encompass standards, training, supervision, economic incentives, legislative reform, and regulatory inspection and enforcement, all centered on a foundation of stakeholder consensus.

The purpose of this website is to share our drug seller initiative experiences and tools and the experiences of others to provide a resource for those with an interest in improving access to quality pharmaceutical services and products provided by drug sellers in other countries.

East Africa Drug Seller Initiative (EADSI) Evaluation Report:

One of EADSI’s objectives was to strengthen the ADDO model in Tanzania to facilitate scale up and sustainability. Another EADSI objective was to develop a plan to replicate the ADDO model to scale in Uganda and demonstrate the adapted model in one district. The newly accredited and improved shops in Uganda’s Kibaale district were named Accredited Drug Shops (ADS).