Understanding Factors Contributing to the Stock out of Essential Medicines in Public Health Facilities – a national survey

This study was undertaken by HERD International in coordination with the Department of Health Service, Management Division with funding support from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), to identify factors associated with stock-outs of tracer drugs at public health facilities in the federailsed context. Tracer drugs are the list of 18 drugs/commodities extracted from the list of essential medicines. We used a mixed-method approach to identify the availability and stock-outs status of tracer drugs, analyzed the top five factors contributing to the stock-out of tracer drugs and explore any implications of Nepal’s newly opted federal context on procurement and supply chain management.

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