Management for health services delivery

Management of resources and support systems:
Drugs and supplies

For frontline managers

  • Management of Drugs at the Health Centre - Training Manual
    Wynn Charles Chalira, Dr Moses Chisale, Dr Philip Emafo, Dr Rose Ngono Mballa, David Ofori-Adjei, Andriamanalina Nirina Razafindrakoto and Helen Tata , 2004, WHO Regional Office for Africa
    Drug management cycle; selection, procurement, distribution, dispensing, use, stock management, drug storage
    (79 pages, pdf 490KB)
  • Using Stock Cards to Improve Drug Management
    Kwik Skwiz #13, 1998, Health Systems Trust
    Types of stock cards, how they work, examples, implementing a system, what can go wrong
    (4 pages, pdf 518KB)
  • Developing Pharmacy Practice - A Focus on Patient Care
    Karin Wiedenmayer, Rob S. Summers, Clare A. Mackie, Andries G. S. Gous, Marthe Everard and Dick Tromp, 2006, WHO and International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP)
    An ever-growing and complex range of medicines and poor adherence to prescribed medicines have forced the evolution of the pharmacist’s role into a more patient-centred approach, known as pharmaceutical care. By taking direct responsibility for individual patient’s medicine-related needs, pharmacists can make a unique contribution to the outcome of drug therapy and to their patients’ quality of life.
    (97 pages, pdf 621KB)
  • Practical Pharmacy Issue 21 (Stock Control)
    pdf, 1.62Mb

    2010, Health Action International (HAI) Africa In this issue: standard operating practice for stock ordering, issues to consider when ordering stock, receiving stocks, stock management practices, storage of medicines, dispensing medicines, disposal standard operating procedures. (11 pages)
  • Practical Pharmacy Issue 16 (Malaria)
    pdf, 941kb

    2006, WHO and Health Action International (HAI) Africa
    In this issue: Malaria, Malaria and HIV/AIDS; new WHO guidelines on treatment of malaria; using malaria medicines properly; reference chart for anitmalarials; an example of national malaria treatment guidelines; prevention of malaria
    (9 pages)
  • Practical Pharmacy Issue 17 (HIV/AIDS)
    pdf, 231kb

    2007, WHO and Health Action International (HAI) Africa
    Treatment literacy and health eating for people living with HIV/AIDS; opportunistic infections and their treatment; ARVs; adherence councelling
  • Practical Pharmacy Issue 18 (TB)
    pdf, 475kb

    2008, WHO and Health Action International (HAI) Africa
    In this issue: What is TB? TB in children, TB in pregnancy, TB and HIV/AIDS; Multi-drug resistant TB; adherance to DOTS; how health workers can protect themselves; TB drugs and drug interactions
    (9 pages)
  • The New Emergency Health Kit 1998
    1998, WHO/DAP/98.10
    Standardized packages; essential drugs; supplies; equipment; emergencies; priority health needs; referral; procurement; treatment guidelines
    (82 pages, pdf 928KB)
  • Essential Medicines: WHO Model List
    March 2005
    The core list presents a list of minimum medicine needs for a basic health care system, listing the most efficacious, safe and cost-effective medicines for priority conditions. The complementary list presents essential medicines for priority diseases, for which specialized diagnostic or monitoring facilities, and/or specialist medical care, and/or specialist training are needed.
    (24 pages, pdf423KB)
    En français: Liste modèle des médicaments essentiels (révision mars 2005)
    En español: Lista Modelo de la OMS (revisada en marzo de 2005)