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Integrating local private pharmaceutical distributors into the public health supply chain.

Mar 6, 2024   |   Blog Post

Increasing access to quality medicines through public-private collaboration

Lire cet article en français. Access to quality health products is essential for achieving universal health coverage (UHC). Ensuring both access and quality is critical to building high-performing public health supply chains because supply chains that get products to people wherever and whenever they...

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Mar 6, 2024   |   Blog Post

Améliorer l'accès à des médicaments de qualité grâce à la collaboration entre les secteurs public et privé

Read this article in English. L’accès à des produits de santé de qualité est essentiel pour parvenir à une CSU( Couverture Santé Universelle). Garantir à la fois l’accès et la qualité est essentiel pour mettre en place des chaînes d’approvisionnement en santé publique performantes, car les chaînes...

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Jun 5, 2023   |   Blog Post

Accroitre L’Industrie Locale Par La Promotion Des Fabricants Et Distributeurs pharmaceutiques En RDC

Par Patrick CIZUNGU et Martin MAHOMBISA Read this article in English. En République démocratique du Congo (RDC), le secteur local de fabrication et de distribution de produits pharmaceutiques est essentiel pour atteindre la couverture santé universelle. Ces entreprises jouent un rôle important dans la...

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Jun 5, 2023   |   Blog Post

Leveraging Local Pharmaceutical Manufacturers and Distributors in DRC

Lire cet article en français. In the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the local pharmaceutical manufacturing and distribution sector is critical for achieving universal health coverage. These companies play a significant role in manufacturing, procuring, storing, and distributing health products to pharmacies, hospitals and...

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Feb 14, 2023   |   Blog Post

‘’Intégration des distributeurs privés lucratifs’’ dans le système national d’approvisionnement de la République démocratique du Congo (RDC) : Les leçons apprises de VillageReach

Read this article in English. Le renforcement des chaînes d’approvisionnement des produits de santé dans de nombreux pays à revenus faible et intermédiaire (PRFI) est essentiel pour atteindre la couverture santé universelle (CSU) d’ici 2030. Mais pour que les communautés reçoivent des soins de...

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Jan 6, 2023   |   Blog Post

Integrating Private Pharmaceutical Distributors in Public Health Supply Chains: Lessons from the DRC

Lire cet article en français. Strengthening public health supply chains in many low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) is essential to achieving universal health coverage (UHC) by 2030. But for communities to receive quality health care, they must have consistent and affordable access to quality...

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Aug 22, 2022   |   Blog Post

Four lessons learned for optimizing health products delivery to hard-to-reach locations

After more than four years’ experience of managing the vaccine supply chain in the Equateur province of northwestern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), it is high time for us to consider the lessons we have learned in optimizing the distribution of health products to...

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At VillageReach we believe private sector integration is critical for building high-performing public health supply chains that are equitable, people-centered, resilient and sustainable. Integrating private sector capacity creates efficiencies and makes the public health supply chain more resilient to shocks.

VillageReach is leveraging private sector capacity in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is through increased collaboration with private pharmaceutical distributors, companies that procure and supply medicines to hospitals, pharmacies and health facilities.

In September 2021, we began working with the DRC government and partners to remove barriers hindering private sector for-profit pharmaceutical distributors from participating in the public health supply chain.


People inspecting drone in field.

Data entry in Mozambique. (Photo Credit: Paul Joseph Brown)

How It Works

  • We are working closely with the government to encourage all certified distributors to deliver health products to both public and private health facilities across the DRC.


Report  |  2024

Répertoire de Établissements Pharmaceutiques Privés Certifiés en RDC

Research  |  2021

Optimized Supply Chain Model Reduces Health System Costs in DRC

Tool  |  2018

Increasing Access to Health Products in the DRC

Link  |  2018

The potential of next-generation supply chains to ease DRC’s “Casse-tête”

Report  |  2015

DRC Supply Chain Assessment (English)

Program Impact








  • DRC Ministry of Public Health:
    • ACOREP (Congolese Pharmaceutical Regulatory Authority) at the national level and the Provincial Health Divisions (DPS) at the provincial level
    • The Federation of Enterprises of Congo (FEC) in its Manufacturers and Distributors of Medicines branch
    • The FEDECAME (Federation of Essential Drug Supply Centers)
    • ASRAMES (Regional Essential Medicines Supply Association)


  • Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
  • World Bank: PDSS (Projet de Developpement du Systeme de Sante/ Health System Strengthening for Better Maternal and Child Health Results Project)

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