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What we do

Medical Stores Department (MSD) commenced its operations on the 1st of July 1994. The core mandates of MSD as described under The Act of Parliament No. 13 of 1993 and as amended in 2021, are Production, Procurement, Storage, and Distribution of health commodities to public health facilities and private health facilities approved by the Ministry of Health.

MSD performs its mandates by implementing the following:
  • Developing, maintaining, and managing an efficient and cost-effective system of production, procurement, storage, and distribution of approved health commodities
  • Applying sound commercial principles in the production, procurement, storage, and distribution of health commodities.
  • Ensuring the availability in time of approved health commodities within the Public Health System

In fulfilling its highlighted mandates, MSD operates strategically through its ten (10) zonal offices located in Dar es Salaam, Mbeya, Iringa, Tabora, Dodoma, Kagera, Mwanza, Kilimanjaro, Tanga, and Mtwara. Further, MSD operates Five (5) Community Outlets meant to make health commodity services closer to society.

These outlets are based in the following areas; Geita (Chato), Lindi (Ruangwa), Katavi (Mpanda), Arusha (Mount Meru), and Mbeya. MSD delivers health commodities direct to the health facilities and this very distribution is implemented after every two months.

Modern Warehouse

Mbeya WiB, Mbeya

The Modern Warehouse-in-a Box [WiB] infrastructures with modern working tools across the country have pushed MSD to Centre of Excellence [CoE]. The WiB are constructed using international standards, which enable MSD to have ultra-modern warehouses with vast storage space.

Modern Fleet

MSD Fleet, Modern Fleet

MSD recognizes the importance of basic logistics and transportation it ensures that its modern fleets are excellently maintained. MSD highly motivated team of distribution whose bedrock the Mission led to change of distribution strategy to Direct Delivery.

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.