Purchasing organization group MedSource on October 12 launched its services in the country to improve the availability and affordability of quality medicines and related supplies.

MedSource leverages combined purchasing power of its members to negotiate favorable contract pricing from suppliers offering members access to a road catalogue of quality products from prequalified distributors and manufacturers.

Ministry of Health Head of Department of Health Sector Coordination and Intergovernmental Affairs Dr. Patrick Amoth said that MedSource’s work will promote universal health care for Kenyans by 2022 reinforcing the government’s Big Four Agenda.

“The company will help more Kenyans to access essential medicines that are certified to be genuine, as well as be able to find affordable medical equipment,” Amoth added.

Management Sciences for Health (MSH) President Marian W. Wentworth observed that even as the world is making great strides at improving health outcomes, even in low-resource countries, access to medicines continues to be a challenge.

“MedSource also represents an innovative way for MSH to create private-sector opportunities to help deliver quality health services and products to more people,” Wentworth said.

She added that MSH is happy to add the novel approach to the range of other works that they have done over the years hoping the venture in Kenya is just the beginning of similar work throughout Africa.

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MedSource’s Board Chairman and MSH’s Vice President for the Pharmaceuticals and Health Technologies Group Dr. Douglas Keene, said the platform will be valuable to stakeholders such as pharmacies, hospitals, distributors and especially patients.

“Our main focus is and will always be to improve accessibility and availability of affordable, quality medicines and laboratory and health supplies for health care providers and people from all walks of life,” said Keene.

MedSource’s CEO Dr. Peter Kamunyo said he hopes the organization will fill the gaps in the availability and affordability of life-saving medicines, especially those used to manage non-communicable d******s.

“Many families are struggling to continuously provide medication, especially to handle non-communicable d******s such as c****r and diabetes. Through MedSource, health care providers will be able to procure the medicines their customers need more affordable prices,” said Kamunyo.

MedSource is a group purchasing organization that is focused on benefiting both healthcare providers and the population at large while strengthening the capacity of its members to improve management of their businesses.

The Management Sciences for Health works shoulder to shoulder with countries and communities to save lives and improve the health of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people by building strong, resilient, sustainable health systems.

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