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Development of the Tracer Drugs Policy

Options Consultancy Services Ltd.
Field of Expertise:
Medical Products, Technologies; Policy/Strategy/DRA; Selection of Essential Medicines
Narrative description of project:
The Nepali Ministry of Health and Population (MOHP) was implementing the second phase of the Nepal Health Sector Programme (NHSP-2) running from 2010 to 2015. The overall goal of NHSP-2 was to improve the health and nutritional status of the Nepali population, especially for the poor and excluded. Three specific objectives have been formulated, including improving health systems to achieve universal coverage of essential health care services. One important element of health systems performance is availability and access to quality assured essential medicines, and the NHSP-2 results framework includes levels of stock-out of tracer medicines as an outcome indicator under the health system improvement objective.

The Nepal Health Sector Support Programme (NHSSP) that supports implementation of the NHSP-2 contracted hera to assist the MOHP in the process of finalising a list of tracer medicines that are suitable for tracking progress of implementation of the NHSP-2.