Abiola Olugbade, a family planning data input officer, works in a room at the measurement, learning and evaluation office at the central business district in Nigeria’s capital Abuja. © 2012 Akintunde Akinleye/NURHI, Courtesy of Photoshare

Health Workers Save Lives Daily—If We Train, Support, and Empower Them

On March 26, Dr. Maheen Malik, Senior Technical Advisor for the US Agency for International Development (USAID)-funded Systems for Improved Access to Pharmaceuticals and Services (SIAPS) Program and Management Sciences for Health (MSH), briefed the Congressional Women’s Caucus on strengthening the health workforce in fragile countries. This blog is re-posted from the MSH website. It […]

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Announcing a New Version of QuanTB

SIAPS program is excited to announce the launch of a new version of QuanTB, version 1.0.2, an electronic forecasting, quantification, and early warning tool designed to improve procurement processes, ordering, and planning for tuberculosis (TB) treatment. QuanTB is now available in 6 languages: English, Russian, French, Spanish, Portuguese, and Chinese. In addition, this new version […]

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World TB Day: Reach the 3 Million

Today SIAPS joins people around the world commemorating World TB Day. This year’s theme, “Reach the 3 million,” is a call worldwide to find, treat and cure the undetected TB cases left behind in the fight against TB. Read about the first Conference on Pharmaceutical Management for TB and M/XDR-TB for the WHO European Region, […]

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First Conference on Pharmaceutical Management for TB and M/XDR-TB for the WHO European Region

The highest rate of multi-drug resistant (M) and extensively drug-resistant (XDR) cases of tuberculosis (TB) is found in the WHO European Region. The Consolidated Action Plan to Prevent and Combat M/XDR-TB in the WHO European Region specifies that, by the end of 2013, all member states assure provision of an interrupted supply of quality first- […]

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Improving Treatment for Tuberculosis using a Risk Minimization Approach

Successfully combating the tuberculosis (TB) epidemic requires that national TB programs (NTPs) prevent new infections and ensure that current patients are cured. Although the treatment for drug-sensitive TB is very effective, curing the disease requires that patients adhere to a strict daily regimen of multiple pills for six to nine months. Adding to the challenge […]

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Ethiopia’s Food, Medicine and Health Care Administration and Control Authority: Protecting the Public Health

Hailu Tadeg The absence of regulatory systems to monitor the quality, safety, and efficacy of medicines can compromise the overall effectiveness of health care services and endanger the public health. A strong regulatory system is considered an essential component of a health system. In Ethiopia, the Food, Medicine and Health Care Administration and Authority (FMHACA), […]

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