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[e-drug] Medicines dispensing machines?

E-DRUG: Medicines dispensing machines?

Dear colleagues,

Sustainable Development Goal 3.8 specifically mentions the importance of access 
to safe, effective, quality, and affordable essential medicines and vaccines 
for all. It is the realization of “access” especially that requires secure, 
efficient, and cost-effective supply chains to the last mile/patient. 

In this regard, I would like to hear from colleagues who have experience in the 
use of “medicines dispensing machines”, a technology that (in Africa) seems to 
have been piloted in South Africa but has not taken off beyond. Please share 
any knowledge of medicines dispensing technologies that are currently in use in 
Low and Middle Income Countries (LMICs) or that have the potential for 
application in LMICs. Similarly, any research convincingly supporting or 
refuting the use of such technology would be welcome.

Many thanks!

Lombe Kasonde
Health Specialist
Health, Nutrition and Population Global Practice
The World Bank
E lkasonde@worldbank.org

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