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Report: 2014 Stock Outs Survey

Written by Health-e News

The Stop Stock Outs Project’s second annual survey was conducted among about 2,500 of the country’s 4,200 health facilities and shows slightly worse results than its previous 2013 survey.

The project found that a quarter of the about 2,500 health facilities surveyed – or about 14 percent of facilities nationally – had been short of HIV and TB medication in the last three months. About 17 percent of the sample surveyed also reported being short of medicines on the day of the survey.

According to the report, the country’s once-daily three-in-one ARV, as well as the ARVs Zidovudine and Nevirapine, which given to babies born to HIV-positive mums to prevent mother-to-child transmission.

About six percent of surveyed facilities reported a paediatric ARV shortage in the three months prior to the survey. The project’s results are slightly worse than those reported in its previous 2013 survey results.

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