The Stop Stock Outs Project (SSP), a coalition of six civil society organisations monitoring the availability of medicines in South African public health facilities, has welcomed Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan’s allocation of R300m for developing a national electronic medicine stock management system.
Minister Gordhan made the announcement during his budget speech in Parliament last week.

“The Stop Stock Outs Project views the announcement of an electronic stock management system as a positive sign that the South African government is committed to  taking measures to address stock outs in our struggling health system,” said Sue Tafeni, SSP Project Manager.

“Establishing an electronic system needs to go hand in hand with addressing logistical and administrative challenges within the current medicine supply system to optimise its effectiveness. Until then,  much deeper collaboration between civil society, health care workers and the National Department of Health is required to address the scale of stock outs in this country. As response rates of over 85% in our past two surveys demonstrate, health care workers are willing to engage in reporting and problem solving."

The SSP conducted its annual survey between October and December 2015, asking facilities nationwide questions about stock outs that were on-going, or had occurred in the past three months.

The SSP will release the full results of its 2015 survey in six weeks’ time.

For further information or to conduct interviews with SSP coalition members, please contact Ryan Fortune on 072-350-0851 or


In 2013, Doctors Without Borders, the RHAP, RuDASA, SA HIV Clinician’s Society, SECTION27 and the Treatment Action Campaign launched the Stop Stock Outs Project to assist the thousands of health care users whose lives remain threatened by chronic shortages of essential medicines in South African
health facilities.

The Stop Stock Outs Project crowdsources stock out reports from patients, healthcare workers and sentinel surveyors, then maps the reported cases and tracks specific issues.

All reports will be escalated through the supply chain and resolution sought through the direct engagement of civil society with accountable government individuals and entities.

It is the hope of the Stop Stock Outs Project that the data from our reports will provide essential information to identify and understand the root causes of stock outs and shortages and bring visibility and transparency to a struggling health system.

The Stop Stock Outs Project is calling on patients and healthcare workers to report any medication stock outs or shortages that have resulted in patients’ treatment being changed, patients being turned away from their clinic and referred elsewhere and/or being given an insufficient supply of medication.

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