Industrial productivity, health sector performance and policy synergies for inclusive growth: a study in Tanzania and Kenya

DFID-ESRC Growth Programme

This project studies the supply chains into the health systems in Tanzania and Kenya of essential medicines and medical equipment and supplies from local industries and imports. Shortages and unaffordability of these commodities are persistent causes of exclusionary and poor quality healthcare in low income Africa. The project hypothesis is that better integration between industrial and health policies could contribute to higher employment, industrial upgrading, and improved health system performance and accessibility. If this is correct, improved industrial production – higher productivity, more appropriate and cheaper products, and innovative production methods – could improve health service performance while raising economic output. In other words, contribute to inclusive growth.

The project includes interviews with health facilities, shops, and wholesalers in all sectors, in both urban and rural contexts, about their procurement practices and problems. Mapping of supply chains has been followed by data collection at firm level. Additionally, the project will allow private sector businesses, health sector managers, and policymakers to debate the scope for more integrated policy-making.