SAPAM - Southern African Programme on Access to Medicines and Diagnostics


Experience & Partners


Through the years, SAPAM has complimented the initiatives of SADC member states, SADC Secretariat, civil society, private sector and other stakeholders to increase access to medicines and diagnostics. Our programme interventions are aimed at increasing transparency and regional market integration, supporting the harmonisation of medicines regulation, control, procurement, storage and distribution. The following achievements were realized:

  • Development of the SADC Pooled Procurement Strategy for Essential Medicines and Health Commodities approved by the Ministers of Health in November 2012
  • Development of SADC Medicines Database; recently demonstrated at the Common Wealth Secretariat (2019)
  • Updated the SADC Pharmaceutical Business Plan 2015 – 2019
  • Development of the Pharmaceutical Procurement Supply Management standards and good practices for use by SADC countries in streamlining systems and procedures for increased efficiencies
  • Review of intellectual property and patent laws to enable SADC countries to take advantage of the TRIPS flexibilities
  • Creation of vehicles for Civil Society to participate in improving access to medicines through advocacy and monitoring systems
  • Development of real time evidence based technological solutions for collection, analysis and applied intelligence, such as: data on stock-outs of medicines at community facility level (TENDAI), Geo-location data solutions and IoMT (Internet of Medical Things) solutions. All combine a user-friendly input process with a robust database, accessible via responsive web portals. Success stories were compiled showing how TENDAI was used to influence policy changes in countries and improvements in the supply of medicines
  • Updating and aligning  of SADC regional medicines registration guidelines to ICH Common Technical Document (CTD) format – agreed for adoption in the region by the SADC Health Ministers in November 2013

We have worked and collaborate with the following partners:

Aids Accountibility
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ReAction Consulting
Essential Medicines & Health Products
Service Delivery
Information Sharing
Human Resources
Health Service Governance
Financial Management

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