SHOPS Plus is documenting the potential role of the private sector in Tanzania’s HIV commodities supply chain. This includes documenting the current status of HIV self-testing products in Tanzania and determining the feasibility of distributing HIV self-test kits and engaging in multiple month dispensing of antiretroviral treatment via accredited drug dispensing outlets. The project is also working with USAID and North Star Alliance to address the health and safety of transport workers who are more affected by HIV/AIDS and other health issues than the general population. SHOPS Plus will work with North Star Alliance to support the expansion of HIV services, including access to treatment, and financial opportunities to support sustainability.
In addition, the project is also supporting a DCA guarantee with a bank and training health providers in business and financial management, and has worked with banks and equipment suppliers to develop a medical equipment financing product for private health providers. The product addresses collateral challenges through a risk-sharing arrangement.