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.


Tanzania Accredited Drug Dispensing Outlet (ADDO) Stakeholders
  • Government of Tanzania: Ministry of Health and Social Welfare; Ministry of Finance, Tanzania Food and Drugs Authority, Pharmacy Council
  • Regional administration and local government: Regional Health Management Team, Council Health Management Team, Council Food and Drugs Committee, Regional Food and Drugs Technical Committee, District and Ward Drugs Technical Committee
  • Development partners and funding agencies: SEAM, RPM Plus, Danida, USAID, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Professional associations: Pharmaceutical Society of Tanzania, Medical Association of Tanzania
  • Consumer organizations
  • Nongovernmental organizations
  • Media