Marketing assistance to Medipharm.
A visit was made to Uganda to meet with the oral rehydration solution (ORS) promotion committee to review on ORADEX sales targets, formulate regional sales goals based upon current national sales targets, and discuss product distribution concerns; to draft a document with Medipharm, ARMTRADES, and Media Consultants to review the effectiveness of promotional materials; to meet the PRITECH representative and coordinate the supervision of promotional communications between Medipharm, ARMTRADES, and Media Consultants; to meet with USAID/KAMPALA to determine the status of additional monies and provide an update on current project status; and to meet with UNICEF and review roles for continued interaction on the ORS promotional program between USAID/Kampala, UNICEF, and Medipharm. 90,837 sachets of ORADEX were sold through the end of January, 1992; above the target of 79,000. ARMTRADES, however, sold only 42,741 of its 60,000 target, while Medipharm sold 48,096 sachets; substantially more than its 19,000 target. Medipharm expressed concern over ARMTRADES' weak ability to distribute amd market ORADEX, despite ARMTRADES' claim that its sales efforts are being undermined by freely available UNICEF sachets. In response, PATH worked to improve the operational efficiencies of both Medipharm and ARMTRADES. Medipharm's present transportation facilities and institutional capabilities are insufficient to allow it to handle national distribution independently. For now, it must rely upon ARMTRADES to distribute and market ORADEX. Moreover, Medipharm needs continued supervision to properly manage distributor relations to ensure that distributors receive timely and accurate invoices, monthly statements, and payment due notices. These steps combined with accurate production and inventory planning will eventually provide Medipharm with sufficient experience to distribute and maintain stock on its own. Otherwise, the promotion committee suggested revisions for new materials future support and sales personnel and pharmacist training were discussed; and reports were cited which indicate that ARMTRADES is doing well distributing and marketing condoms through a parallel social marketing program.