National Drug Supply Organization
The NDSO was established in 1979 as a trading account and department under the Ministry of Health & Social Welfare. From inception the NDSO was managed by the Lesotho Pharmaceutical Corporation (LPC) under management contracts with the Ministry. To improve efficiency and effectiveness of the NDSO, in 1999 the NDSO was de-inked from the LPC. The mandate of the NDSO is closely liked to the mission of the Ministry of Health & Social Welfare in that it aims to promote the health of the people of Lesotho by developing and implementing equitable and reliable systems for procurement, storage and distribution of acceptable quality of drugs and medical supplies to all health institutions at the lowest possible price. The mandate of the NDSO has since extended to other stakeholders within the country, including private practitioners.
The NDSO is currently accountable to the National Drug Service Committee which is chaired by the Principal Secretary of the Ministry. The mandate of NDSO has become increasingly complex with the advent of HIV and the need to procure and store AIDS drugs, condoms and home-based care kits. The NDSO has benefited from the government through a World Bank Capacity building project based in the Ministry of Health & Social welfare. This project is geared towards national capacity for implementation of the Global fund strategies, including building the technical capacity of NDSO as well as construction of adequate storage space and equipment.
Lesotho Pharmaceuticals Corporation