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Strengthening pharmacy provision of contraceptives in Kenya

June 4, 2021

inSupply Health is pleased to announce the launch of the Strengthening pharmacy provision of contraceptives in Kenya project funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. We will be working with an exceptional team of partners — Pharmaceutical Society of Kenya (PSK), Kenya Pharmaceutical Association (KPA), University of California, San-Francisco (UCSF), and Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI). This new project is part of an initiative that has the potential to transform family planning in Kenya by unlocking the potential of the pharmacy channel to expand access and method choice for women while ensuring a viable business model for pharmacists. Not only can the private sector potentially free up public sector resources that can be better targeted to underserved populations, but it also expands access and is able to offer discreet and convenient options for Kenyan women.

We are excited to explore how to expand womens’ access to self-care products and services in Kenya. Together with our partners, pharmacies and customers, we will co-design solutions aimed at better serving women’s needs in family planning and self-care.” Yasmin Chandani, CEO, inSupply Health

This project seeks to understand the market for self-administered contraceptive, DMPA-SC, in the context of a larger basket of other contraceptive and self-care products, through the retail pharmacy. inSupply Health with its partners will design, test, and, if successful, scale up viable business models for pharmacies and chemists in Kenya to incorporate the provision of self-care products including DMPA-SC as a self-injectable into their retail business. inSupply Health will leverage the entire ecosystem of partners, including associations, innovators, women’s groups, non-governmental organizations, and online retailers to ensure sustainable and scalable approaches.

The overall project goal is to develop and test the viability and scalability of a pharmacy business model that offers customers convenient, discrete, and quality counseling, training, and provision of contraceptive products.

About inSupply Health 

inSupply Health is an East African health advisory firm pioneering innovative approaches for improving health outcomes through strengthening systems and supply chains. inSupply offers technical assistance in key supply chain areas of data visibility and use, forecasting, demand and supply planning, and workforce development. Drawing on our JSI affiliation, we also bring strong expertise in facilitating new product introduction to the market.

About Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI)

Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) is a State Corporation responsible for carrying out health research in Kenya.

About University of University of California, San Francisco (UCSF)

UCSF is part of the 10-campus University of California, the world’s premier public research university system, and the only of its campuses dedicated to graduate and professional education.

About Pharmaceutical Society of Kenya (PSK)

PSK was registered in 1964 as a professional society as the umbrella body of pharmacists in Kenya. Its membership is drawn from the 3800 pharmacists in Kenya practicing at all levels of the pharmaceutical value chain.

About Kenya Pharmaceutical Association (KPA)

KPA is a professional organization that brings together all Pharmaceutical Technologists enrolled in Kenya. It currently has over ten thousand (10,000) members drawn from eleven branches across the country, practicing in various capacities in the different fields of the profession.

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