TFDA To Upgrade DLDB Shops To Accredited Drug Outlets
News: The Tanzania Food and Drugs Authority (TFDA) is implementing a programme to upgrade small community-based part II drug shops - called Duka la Dawa Baridi (DLDB) in Kiswahili - into Accredited Drug Dispensing Outlets (ADDOs), regionally called Maduka ya Dawa Muhimu. The programme has already been implemented in 18 of 25 regions in collaboration with the Prime Minister's Office and Management Sciences for Health (MSH). However, untimely and inadequate disbursement of funds, the initiative had been lagging. TFDA is mobilising municipal councils, owners and dispensers of DLDBs to cover certain programme implementation and training costs to make it more sustainable. The ADDO programme implementation resulted from a pharmaceutical sector assessment conducted by the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare in 2001 in collaboration with MSH, following inspection of medicine outlets by TFDA and regional authorities and local governments.