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Table 3 Access to medicines situation in individual villages

From: Access to and use of medicines in the Annapurna region of Western Nepal and possible impacting factors

Dhampus SHP Ghandruk HP Manang HP Rivan SHP
Physical availability (N = 19 tracer medicines)
 100% 89% 82% 100%
Presence of expired medicines
 0% 0% 0% 0%
Stock-out of medicines (in last 6 months to 1 year period)
 0 days 3.13 days NA 0 days
People living at a distance of less than one hour from the health facility
 59% 53% 100% 56%
Waiting time for health services users in health facility
Less than 30 min
 100% 100% 100% 100%
Affordability (basic medicines were available for free)
Number of days of work missed due to illness
 1.23 days 1.42 days 1.5 days 2 days
Loss of pay due to illness
 USD 4.39 USD 4.59 USD 5.35 USD7.35
Acceptability
Satisfaction with the recent health post visit
 Yes =53% Yes =95% Yes =0% Yes =69%
 No =47% No =5% No =100% No =31%
Satisfaction with the quality of medicines
 Yes =29% Yes =37% Yes =0% Yes =20%
 No =71% No =63% No =100% No =80%
Average number of medicines per prescription
 1.58 1.47 1.5 1.68
Percentage of medicines adequately labelled
 24% 0% 0% 13%
Percentage of prescription with antibiotics
 41% 32% 50% 32%
Percentage of health service users who knew how to use medicines dispensed to them
 94% 95% 100% 94%