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MSD stores health commodities in its warehouses located strategically in different regions across the country. In the past five years, MSD has expanded its storage services to modern, computerized and technological warehouses. Recently MSD has 42,038.38 square meters located in 10 warehouses across the country in Dar es Salaam, Mwanza, Iringa, Moshi, Mbeya, Tabora, Dodoma, Mtwara, Tanga and Kagera. The Expansion of cold chain facilities to a total of 1000 cubic meters storage space has enabled MSD to store a huge number of cold chain items.

The modern Warehouses - in - a - Box (WiBs) constructed in Dar es Salaam, Mwanza Mbeya, Tabora, Dodoma and Tanga have shown tremendous improvement to MSD, they have increased storage capacity, service levels, accuracy as well as reduced stock losses.

To address the storage challenges in picking, receiving and dispatching items, MSD has adopted Barcode system. The initiative has allowed the capturing of items information through scanning and/or entering data via device keyboard. The Implementation of warehousing activities by using Barcode system has reduced tremendous workload to the warehouse staff by having multiple options of transacting items within and out the warehouse to customers while maintaining data accuracy and speed.


About MSD

Medical Stores Department (MSD) was established by the Act of Parliament No.13 of 1993 as an autonomous department under the Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children responsible for developing, maintaining and managing an efficient and cost effective system of procurement, storage and distribution of approved medicines and medical supplies required for use by all public health facilities.