Out of 54 public health facilities surveyed across mainland Tanzania, a majority 51 (94%) reported to be out of stock of one or more essential medical supplies, while 52 (96%) were out of stock in one or more essential medicines. The specific items commonly out-of-stock in the health facilities included; gloves (83%), sutures (48%), gauze (39%) for medical supplies, and quinine (43%) plus metronidazole (31%) for essential medicines. (Source: Report on Availability of essential medicines, Medical Supplies and Bed Capacity in Hospitals in Tanzania Mainland, March 2013).

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