Who we are?

Medical Stores Department (MSD) was established by the Act of Parliament No.13 of 1993 as an autonomous department under the Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children responsible for developing, maintaining and managing an efficient and cost effective system of procurement, storage and distribution of approved medicines and medical supplies required for use by all public health facilities.

The Board of Trustees is the highest decision-making body that governs and sets the direction of MSD on behalf of the Ministry of Health, Social Development, Gender, Elderly and Children. The Board is comprised of nine (9) members appointed after every three years. The President of the United Republic of Tanzania appoints the Chairman while the Minister responsible for health appoints the rest (8) members. The Director General serves as the Secretary to the Board but has no right to vote.

In order to ensure effective implementation of its responsibilities, the Board operates through three committees namely; Audit and Risk Management Committee, Technical Services Committee as well as Finance and Administration Committee. The Board delegates the day-to-day management of the Department to Director General who is appointed by the President of the United Republic of Tanzania.

The administrative functions and operations of Department are carried by and through the Executive Management Team (EMT). The EMT is constituted by the Director General, Director of Human Resources and Administration, Director of Finance and Planning, Director of Logistics, Director of Procurement, Director of Information and Communication Technology, Director of Customer Service and Zonal Operations.

The Chief Legal Counsel serves as Secretary to the EMT. The Department operates through nine zonal stores in Dar es Salaam, Mwanza, Iringa, Kilimanjaro, Mbeya, Tabora, Dodoma,Tanga and Mtwara. One sales point at Muleba support sales operations for Mwanza zonal stores respectively.

Furthermore, in order to strengthen availability of medicines closer to people, MSD has well established community outlets (MCOs) located at Muhimbili National Hospital in Dar es Salaam, Sekou-Toure Hospital in Mwanza, near Mbeya Regional Referral Hospital, Mount Meru Hospital in Arusha, Chato District Hospital in Geita, Ruangwa District Hospital in Lindi and  Mpanda District Hospital in Katavi.

To make quality health products accessible to all public health facilities in Tanzania.

Centre of excellence for health commodities supply chain in Africa.

Reliability,Innovation, Team work, Integrity and Customer focused.

Our Quality Policy Statement
“We seek to continually improve the effectiveness of our procurement, storage and distribution services by regularly  reviewing our quality policy, service objectives and by practical implementation of ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management System”.


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