High prices and low availability limit access to essential medicines. To understand more about what people pay for medicines in Uganda, the Ministry of Health in collaboration with the World Health organization (WHO), Health Action International (HAI-Africa) and Health Promotion and Social Development (HEPS-Uganda) conducted a countrywide survey on medicine prices in 2004.
In line with the recommendations of the 2004 survey, the Ministry of Health (MOH), WHO and HAI-Africa established a medicine price monitoring system, to generate data on medicine availability and price trends through quarterly surveys. Data obtained from these surveys will be used to advocate for improvement in policies that influence the pricing and availability of essential medicines.
The results presented here are for the baseline survey conducted in April-June 2007 quarter.