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    CMST Head Office
    CMST Lilongwe Warehouse
    The New Warehouse one view
    The New Warehouse another view
    Cold Chain vehicle for delivery of cold chain items to the branches
    Inside of Manobec Warehouse

    The Trust

    The Central Medical Stores Trust (CMST) exists by Government’s General Notice Number  125/1968 of the Finance and Audit Act to operate as a commercially oriented Treasury Fund with the purpose of purchasing, storage and distribution of medicines and medical supplies for the public health facilities.



    One of the core activities of CMST is to procure medicines and medical supplies for all Public and Christian Health Association of Malawi (CHAM) hospitals. The institution does procure the items through a direct request from a hospital or through a quantification process done each year. 



    Another core business for the Trust is to warehouse Medicines and Medical Supplies for all the items the Trust procures as well as all the items that have been donated to the Ministry of Health by the donors. Again there are times the Trust warehouses some commodities that are particularly procured by some organisation such as the TB control Programme which does its own



    For all the items procured by the Trust and donated items, the Trust currently distributes the items from its Central Receipt Warehouse to its branch warehouse located in Blantyre, Lilongwe and Mzuzu. The logistics for the items from the Branches is done by a sub-contractor



    Much as it may not be among the three top core business, the Trust's sustainability is through the sales of these medicines and medical supplies. The Trust charges 18% to all the items it procures directly from its suppliers. This forms the bulk of the support for its operations including the financing of the completion of the construction of National Pharmaceutical Warehouse which was funded by the Government of Malawi through the Ministry of Health, but completion works were co-financed by the Global Fund

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