Tanzania in partnership with the American People and the Global Fund has opened a state of the art storage facility for the county’s Medical Stores Department (MSD). The facility can hold 5,143 pallets and has some 433 docking bays.
The storage depot is fully equipped with a computerised inventory system, air conditioning, security systems, racking and all the standard material handling requirements. The 4,656 square meters modern structure, financed by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Global Fund, is one of five facilities to be constructed throughout Tanzania, others will be set up in Zanzibar, Mwanza, Mbeya, and Dodoma.
In addition, USAID is providing in-house management training to MSD staff through Supply Chain Monitoring Advisors who will be based at the MSD offices to provide technical and inventory management assistance.
The storage building was official opened over the weekend in Dar es Salaam by the Minister of Health and Social Welfare Hussein Ali Mwinyi and witnessed by the US Ambassador Alfonso E. Lenhardt at Keko.
In his remarks, Ambassador Lenhardt noted that “…the American people, through USAID, have helped Tanzania make health solutions a reality... we are happy and proud to have provided a means to safely store and manage health commodities with the public health supply chain...”
The need for a modern storage facility for the Medical Stores Department was brought to light early in 2011 after a review of the Central Medical Stores by USAID who deemed the warehouse used at that time need substantial renovation and rehabilitation.
The programme storage project is part of the United States' overall annual development assistance to Tanzania, which was approximately one trillion shillings ($760 million USD) in the fiscal year 2012.