Economic crisis continues to impact the availability of medicines
The economic crisis continues to impact Sudan’s import of medicines and medical supplies. While the imports of medicine in 2019 improved slightly compared to 2018, the levels were 20 per cent below of 2017, according to the latest update from the Central Bank of Sudan (CBoS). This results in lower availability of medicines in both government and private sectors compared to previous years, report the Federal Ministry of Health and the World Health Organization (WHO).
The Foreign Trade Statistical Digest, 4th quarter of 2019 by CBoS indicates that Sudan imported US$367 million worth of medicine in 2019. While this is an increase of about $47 million (15 per cent) compared to 2018, it is $91 million (20 per cent) lower compared to 2017.
A survey on the availability and affordability of essential medicine in Sudan, carried out by the FMoH and WHO in July 2019, indicated that the availability of medicine was only 43 per cent of requirements in the National Medical Supply Fund (NMSF), 48.7 per cent in the National Health Insurance Fund (NHIF) and 59 per cent in the private sector.
East Darfur, White Nile, Khartoum and Blue Nile were the states with highest availability of medicines, while West Darfur, Red Sea, South Kordofan and Northern states had less availability of medicines, according to the FMoH-WHO survey.