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Alexandra Plaza

Alexandra, is a township in the Gauteng province of South Africa. It forms part of the city of Johannesburg and is located near the upper-class suburb of Sandton. Alexandra is one of the poorest urban areas in the country.

Alexandra, is a township in the Gauteng province of South Africa. It forms part of the city of Johannesburg and is located near the upper-class suburb of Sandton. Alexandra is one of the poorest urban areas in the country. The PDU solution was introduced to align to NDoH’s Central Chronic Medicine Dispensing and Distribution Programme (CCMDD) to respond to South Africa’s changing epidemiological profile that has led to an over-extension of public sector healthcare facilities including primary health care (PHC) clinics. This has placed enormous strain on available resources and has contributed towards medicine shortages and declining quality of care. Alexandra Plaza was chosen as the first PDU pilot site with 8 primary healthcare clinics in the vicinity which can refer patients to collect their medicine from the PDUs. The estimated burden of patients taking chronic medicine on a regular basis in this area was about 30 000 patients in 2015. Alexandra Plaza is conveniently located near a major shopping mall and next to popular banks and a grocery store. The extended hours entertained by the PDU sites allow patients to collect their medicine at a time and place which best suit them with minimum expenditure.

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