Medium Term Strategic Plan 2014 - 2020
Medical Stores Department was established by an Act of Parliament No.13 of 1993. Its core functions are to procure, store and distribute medicines and medical supplies to approved public health facilities throughout Tanzania.
To fulfill its functions, MSD usually prepares a six year plan and gauges performance in the course of implementing the strategy using the annual business plan. The first MSD strategic plan was prepared in 2006 to cover the period of six years from 2007 to 2013.
The thrust of the previous strategic plan, amongst many others, were; to reduce stock out, roll out of Integrated Logistics System to all Zonal Stores and improved ICT. It is worth to note that, MSD has been able to complete roll out of ILS to all its service delivery points, the ICT system has been improved in both infrastructure and software, and a new ERP System has been installed within our operations to improve efficiency. However, stock availability has continued to be a challenge due to a number of factors that this new strategy will address.
The new Strategic Plan (2014 – 2020) intends to capitalize on the successes of the previous strategic plan and use the challenges that were faced as opportunities for excelling and providing quality and safe health commodities to customers. The motto of the new strategic direction is a dedication to save the lives of our customers.
The new MTSP was developed using the Balanced Scorecard Institute's Nine Steps to SuccessTM framework which is both a strategic planning and a performance management tool. The thrust of the new plan is in line with implementation of Health Sector Strategic Plan III and intends to support the government efforts in achieving the health sector Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).The health sector stakeholders were fully engaged in the development of new MTSP. We appreciate their valuable contributions that sharpened our planning assumptions leading to finalizing this strategic roadmap.
The Board is aware of the social, economic, technological and political changes that affect the health sector. In addressing this, the new plan has identified three pillars of excellence which will transform MSD. Our pillars of excellence, namely; operational excellence, service excellence and business growth will ensure we live our revised mission of making available, at all times, medicines and medical supplies of acceptable quality at affordable prices to all Tanzanians.
Based on the key strategies and objectives stated in this MTSP, the Board of Trustees is convinced that, within the next six years, MSD will achieve its vision of becoming center of excellence for health commodities supply chain. Therefore, the Board of Trustees commits itself to give the management total support to implement this MTSP.
Prof. Idris Ali Mtulia
Chairman, Board of Trustees
Dar es Salaam, October, 2013