A Qualitative Assessment of the Private Sector Antimalarial Distribution Chain in Benin, 2009


Torres Rueda, S; Tougher, S; Palafox, B; Patouillard, E; Goodman, C; Hanson, K; Tassiba, M; O’Connell, K; , ActwatchGroup; (2012) A Qualitative Assessment of the Private Sector Antimalarial Distribution Chain in Benin, 2009. Technical Report. ACTwatch project, Population Services International, Nairobi.

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Abstract

In Benin, as in many low‐income countries, private commercial providers play an important role in the treatment of malaria.  To design effective interventions for improved access to accurate diagnosis and effective malaria treatment, there is a need to understand retailers' behaviour and identify the factors that influence their stocking and pricing decisions.  Private commercial retailers are the last link in a chain of manufacturers, importers and wholesalers, and their supply sources are likely to have an important influence on the price and quality of malaria treatment that consumers can access.  However, there is limited rigorous evidence on the structure and operation of the distribution chain for antimalarial drugs that serves the retail sector. The ACTwatch Supply Chain Study, one of the ACTwatch project components, aims to address this gap by conducting quantitative and qualitative studies on distribution chains for antimalarials in the ACTwatch countries (Benin, Cambodia, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Madagascar, Nigeria, Uganda and Zambia). This report presents the results from qualitative interviews with antimalarial drug wholesalers, retailers and other key stakeholders conducted in Benin in June 2009. To provide a complete description of the supply chain for antimalarial drugs, this report should be read in conjunction with the report on the results of the structured supply chain survey also conducted as part of this study, available at www.actwatch.info.

Item Type: Monograph
Faculty and Department: Faculty of Public Health and Policy > Dept of Global Health and Development
Research Centre: Malaria Centre
URI: http://researchonline.lshtm.ac.uk/id/eprint/2869440

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