• 09 October 2018

Stocks of 2nd and 3rd line antiretroviral drugs (ARVs) and contraceptives have run out across the country – a crisis that has been developing over the past two months.

FINAL SSP Press statement contraceptives.

  • 24 July 2018

Reproductive health rights of women in South Africa under threat, as supply shortages leave health facilities across the country without supplies of contraceptives


HIV and TB medicine stockouts punish the poor and the rural-based

  • 13 June 2017

Patient testimony shared today at the 8th SA AIDS Conference in Durban has revealed the severe consequences that HIV and TB medicine stockouts are having on those who live with these illnesses, particularly the poor and the rural-based, who are forced to spend precious money and time on making unnecessary journeys to and from health facilities. The stories were shared by the multi-partner Stop Stockouts Project (SSP). Read More

Health budget increase welcomed for extended antiretroviral treatment

  • 26 October 2016

The mid-term announcement that Treasury will be increasing the annual allocation of resources to health by eight percent per annum has been welcomed by Stop Stock Outs (SSP) project manager, Susan Tafeni. Stock outs refers to the unavailability of medicines. The national Treasury stated that spending growth in health is mainly to support the expansion of the HIV/Aids programme, in particular free antiretroviral treatment which now reaches 3,5 million people. Read More

Press Release - Free State

  • 8 October 2014

No action from Free State Health MEC despite extensive evidence of crisis in provincial healthcare system.
JOHANNESBURG/BLOEMFONTEIN – The Free State provincial healthcare system, on which hundreds of thousands of people depend, is still in crisis and plagued by perpetual stock outs and shortages of essential medicines, according to a new Stop Stock Outs Project (SSP) survey. The snap survey indicates no improvement in the availability of essential medication, a dangerous situation that was first exposed in a SSP national survey in November 2013

A National Survey: South Africa

  • 27 November 2013

With approximately 2.4 million people on antiretroviral therapy (ART) and more than 300,000 people treated for tuberculosis (TB) every year, South Africa has the largest HIV treatment programme in the world and an enormous associated TB treatment programme. Ensuring regular and uninterrupted supply of antiretroviral (ARVs) and TB medicines is critical for its success.
To quantify the extent of ARV, TB and vaccine stock outs at the provincial and national level, the Stop Stock Outs Project undertook a national telephonic survey between September and October 2013.

For Researchers: Access raw survey data here

Medecins Sans Frontieres Southern Africa Medical Unit (SAMU)

  • 2013

SAMU (Southern Africa Medical Unit) is part of OCB’s Medical Department and the medical division of MSF South Africa. Their mission is to provide medical technical and implementation support to various MSF projects having medical activities related to HIV and TB.

WHO: National AIDS Programmes

  • 2013

This guide supports the monitoring the progress of and identifying problems in the scale up of antiretroviral therapy programmes. In regards to stock outs, the core indicators of a programme should be:
Core Indicator 3: Percentage of ARV storage and delivery points experiencing stock-outs in the preceding six months (Related to Core Indicator 5). This is one of the Drug Resistance Early Warning indicators.
Additional Indicator 3.1: Percentage of ARV storage and delivery points meeting the minimum quality criteria in addition to having no stock-outs (Complements Core Indicator 3). This is one of the Drug Resistance Early Warning indicators.

Southern Africa HIV Clinican's Society

  • 2013

Approaches to tenofovir and abacavir drug shortages in South Africa: A guide for clinicians - The Society issued the following clinical advice to healthcare providers experiencing shortages on 29 March 2012.

Procurement and Supply Toolbox

  • 2013

In 2007, the WHO AIDS Medicines and Diagnostics Service created a platform to improve access through the internet to procurement and supply management (PSM) tools. It has evolved into a database that lists available PSM tools and is presented in the form of a search engine to find tools that are needed for a particular technical area.