Industrial productivity, health sector performance and policy synergies for inclusive growth in Tanzania and Kenya

Professor Maureen Mackintosh, Open University

Start Date: Jun 2012   |   End Date: Mar 2015

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This project studies the supply chains of essential medicines, medical equipment and supplies from local industries, and imports into the health systems in Tanzania and Kenya. Shortages and the high cost of health-related commodities are persistent causes of exclusionary and poor quality health care in low-income Africa.  

The research hypothesis is that better integration between industrial and health policies could contribute to higher employment, industrial upgrading, and improved health system performance and accessibility. If this is correct, improved industrial production - higher productivity, more appropriate and cheaper products, and innovative production methods - could improve health service performance while raising economic output: in other words, contribute to inclusive growth.

The project will interview heath facilities, shops and wholesalers in all sectors, in urban and rural contexts, about their procurement practices and problems. Mapping of supply chains will be followed by data collection at firm level. Private sector businesses and policy makers, and health sector managers and policy makers, will debate the scope for more integrated policy making.