Our Partnerships

MEDS is recognized internationally as the preferred partner in the provision of healthcare services in the East and Central Africa region. In collaboration with the Government of Kenya, foreign governments and development partners, the o has in the past implemented various programs that have benefited health facilities and communities across the country. Various partnerships are also ongoing. Today, MEDS touches the lives of millions of people, not only in Kenya but in the larger Sub Saharan region, and is a prime example of how partnerships can strengthen the delivery of quality, affordable and reliable healthcare services across Kenya and in the wider sub-Saharan region.

In August 2013, MEDS launched a strategic partnership with all the 47 county governments to strengthen delivery of reliable, quality and affordable healthcare services to Kenyans under the devolved governance structure. Under the partnership, Counties are enjoying access to low cost drugs from manufacturers based on MEDS procurement in huge volumes and high quality. The partnership is also contributing towards addressing other prevailing issues in devolving healthcare under Supply Chain Management, Quality Assurance of Drugs and Medical Supplies as well as Human Resources and Capacity Building Programmes.

According to the Health Sector Function  Assignment and Transfer  Policy Paper by the Commission for the Implementation of the Constitution (CIC), the government recognizes the role played by MEDS in the  procurement,  quality  assurance and supply of medical products and permits the Counties to procure medical commodities from MEDS.

Since the launch of the Initiative, over 30 counties have purchased low-cost quality drugs and medical supplies from MEDS worth several millions. These include Bomet,  Busia, Bungoma, Embu, Elgeyo Marakwet, Homa Bay, Kajiado, Kiambu, Kilifi, Kisii, Kwale, Lamu,   Laikipia, Machakos, Marsabit, Makueni, Meru, Mombasa, Muranga, Nandi, Narok, Nyamira, Nyandarua, Samburu, Taita Taveta, Turkana, Uasin Gishu, Vihiga, Wajir and West Pokot.

Based on the need to capacity build County health systems, MEDS trained 39 County Pharmacists on Health Commodity Management & Leadership in April 2014. The workshop which was in support of the MEDS-County Governments Partnership Initiative was aimed at enhancing the capacity of the pharmacists to manage medical supplies in the devolved system.

In 2004, MEDS partnered with USAID in the distribution of Anti Retroviral Therapy commodities across the country through the President Emergency Program for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) program. MEDS role was to procure the life-saving ART commodities, warehouse them taking into consideration each products unique storage conditions as well as timely and cost-effective distribution of the products to health facilities sites. MEDS was also charged with the responsibility of ensuring the quality of the pharmaceutical products during procurement, warehousing as well as distribution.  More than 75% of HIV and AIDS patients in Kenya received their drugs from MEDS during this period.

In June 2014, USAIDs Kenya Pharma donated ultra modern equipment worth over Sh 32 million to MEDS (WHO) prequalified Quality Control Laboratory in support of the latters fight against counterfeit drugs.  The equipment consisting of two Ultra High Performance Liquid Chromatography (UHPLC) machines and a Dissolution Apparatus have since enhanced the organizations capacity to assure quality of drugs before distribution to health facilities. With this equipment that uses the latest technology, MEDS is now able to analyze over 120 drug samples every month from manufacturers, distributors and researchers in Kenya and other African Countries.

MEDS was prequalified by USAID/OFDA (Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance) as a Pharmaceutical Wholesaler in December 2013. Following an audit of the organizations systems, MEDS was found to meet internationally accepted standards for safe, effective and quality pharmaceuticals. The organization complied with USAID/OFDAs pharmaceutical wholesaler pre-qualification program which seeks to assure that only safe, effective, quality pharmaceuticals are purchased from procurement centers (pharmaceutical wholesalers) that conform to Good Distribution Practices (GDPs) and Good Storage Practices (GSPs). This pre-qualification makes MEDS an approved source for pharmaceuticals for USAID funded programs in the region.

Over the past 16 years, MEDS has recorded a steady reduction in the failure rates of drugs analyzed in its laboratory - from 13.2% in 1997 to 1% in 2013 for drugs stocked in the organization and from 22.8 % in 1997 to 4.4% in 2013 for drugs from other organizations. This is the first faith based WHO prequalified faith based laboratory in the world.

MEDS in collaboration with Funzo Kenya successfully trained 30 health workers from Kilifi, Lamu, Mombasa, Taita Taveta and Kwale Counties on Integrated Health Commodity Management in Mombasa in February 2014. This was the first of two trainings that MEDS as Funzo Kenyas resource partner in health commodity management will be implementing in the 2013-2014 financial year. A similar training for Tana River, Wajir, Mandera and Garissa Counties will be held later in the year. 186 health workers also undertook a similar training programme in 2013.

MEDS in collaboration with the Ministry of Health, Funzo Kenya and Management Sciences for Health is also at an advanced stage to roll out an e-learning course on laboratory commodity management, with MEDS as the Resource Partner. This is part of Funzo Kenyas initiative to support training institutions to develop and deliver content and curricula through new learning modalities that incorporate information and communication technologies.

Funzo Kenya is a USAID funded project implemented by Intrahealth International and aims to work across the public and private sectors to strengthen pre-service education of health workers, improve access to training for existing health workers, and link professional licensure to ongoing professional development. These linkages are critical to ensuring quality health care.  This programme is in line with MEDS capacity building function that is anchored in its mission of providing reliable, quality, affordable essential medicines, medical supplies, capacity building, quality control and other pharmaceutical services guided by Christian and professional values.

In 2001, 2008, 2012 and 2013, MEDS was contracted by the Malaria Control Unit (previously Division of Malaria Control) under the Ministry of Health to train health workers on Severe Malaria, Malaria Case Management and update on new treatment protocols in various regions including North Eastern Kenya (Wajir, Garrissa, Mandera), Upper Eastern (Marsabit, Isiolo, Meru and Embu) and Nairobi. Under a similar partnership, MEDS is also set to train 482 public health workers from Nairobi County on Malaria Case Management in July 2014.

Without assurance that medicines are relevant to priority health needs and that they meet acceptable standards of quality, safety and efficacy, any health service is evidently compromised. Supply of good quality essential medicines is undoubtedly one of the pre-requisites for the delivery of health care. As a way to this realization, MEDS has put in place an elaborate and well documented quality assurance system that ensures the procurement and supply of safe, effective and good quality medicines
and medical supplies. This is enhanced by a well equipped professionally run Quality Control Laboratory that started operations in 1997.

MEDS Quality Control Laboratory was pre-qualified by World Health Organization in early 2009. In 2012, the laboratory was re-inspected after relocation and its pre-qualification status maintained making it the first Faith Based organization globally and forth in Sub-Saharan Africa to attain this status. The WHO Pre-qualification Programme assesses whether quality control laboratories meet the recommended international norms and standards for the analysis of pharmaceutical products. This is aimed to ensure compliance with Good Practices for National Pharmaceutical Control Laboratories (GPCL) and relevant parts of WHO Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP).

In 2012, in collaboration with GIZ and WHO, MEDS staff attended a workshop on Good Manufacturing practice audit and Self Inspection in Tanzania. This enhanced MEDS ability to self-evaluate its systems as well as inspect suppliers

In August 2013, MEDS signed a Memorandum of Understanding on a Pooled Procurement Initiative with three other Faith Based Drug Supply Organizations in East Africa - Tanzania, Uganda and Rwanda (Joint Medical Stores of Uganda, MEMS of Tanzania and BUMFAR of Rwanda) under the Ecumenical Pharmaceutical Network (EPN). Through this arrangement, the four organizations will be consolidating their quantities before placing a single order. This initiative will not only enjoy economies of
scale, but huge discounts from manufacturers because of volumes and quality commodities. The benefits will go a long way to impact the lives of many citizens in the remote parts of the four countries involved. This understanding is owed to MEDS efficient supply chain management, stringent quality assurance systems, wide geographical reach, superior customer service, highly skilled personnel and capacity building programs.

Two of the drug supply organizations (MEDS and Joint Medical Stores) are ISO 9001:2008 certified and have a stringent quality assurance mechanism in place. Health facilities served by these four organizations will be assured of reliable, quality and affordable medicines and medical supplies.

Between 2001 and 2004, in partnership with the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA) and the Ministry of Health, MEDS also supplied drugs and medical equipment to 197 public health facilities in six districts. This was another massive and high value exercise that involved intense planning, execution, monitoring and evaluation inputs.

In partnership with the Henry Jackson Foundation, MEDS is currently supplying subsidized medicine kits to 9 faith based health facilities in some counties in Rift Valley and Nyanza.

Between 2011 and 2012, in partnership with the Ministry of Public Health & Sanitation with funding from the African Development Bank, MEDS completed an 18 month contract for warehousing and distribution of kits under the Rural Health Project (RHP) III to 375 Health Centres & Dispensaries across the country.

From 2004 to 2012, in partnership with Johnson & Johnson, MEDS provided subsidized medicines for opportunistic infections and also home-based care to people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS. 343 health facilities across the country benefited from this program, besides the program also provided support to our Quality Control Laboratory.   The partnership with Johnson and Johnson is still continuing and currently going through a restructuring process to better align the health needs
with available resources.

Maternal mortality remains very high in this country.  Bearing in mind this alarming trend, MEDS in partnership with Johnson & Johnson and UNICEF embarked on the Mama & Toto Rescue Project which seeks to improve health and reduce maternal, and child mortality rates. 10 facilities across the country are set to benefit from this project.

In 2012, the German Institute for Medical mission (DIFAEM) supported Church Drug Supply Organizations in Africa in assuring quality of medicine they supply through its pooled analysis Programme. 94 samples from several countries were analyzed at the MEDS WHO prequalified Quality Control Laboratory. DIFAEM also played a key role in enabling MEDS acquisition of high
quality racking palette used in its 10,000 metres state-of-the-art square warehouse