Unequal Access to Medicines
Modern pharmaceuticals have revolutionized health care, but weak health systems prevent many people from accessing basic life-saving medicines. In many parts of the world, medicines are still too expensive, highly variable in quality and availability, and used incorrectly. Many people continue to die from diseases for which treatment exists, like tuberculosis, malaria, and childhood diarrhea.
USAID’s Systems for Improved Access to Pharmaceuticals and Services (SIAPS) Program was designed to strengthen the management of essential medicines and health supplies so that more people can access the health care they need.
Building on a rich history of USAID achievements, SIAPS takes a comprehensive approach to improving pharmaceutical systems: the program not only enhances countries’ capacity to procure and distribute high-quality medicines and health technologies, but also works with local partners to develop strong systems for health financing, human resources, governance, information, service delivery, and pharmacovigilance. By promoting local ownership of wide-ranging initiatives, stronger, more sustainable health systems overall are fostered.
The SIAPS Program partners are not only committed to making pharmaceuticals and related health services more accessible, more affordable, and of higher quality, but also ensuring more effective pharmaceutical services.
The SIAPS Program strategy is aligned with the US government’s Global Health Initiative, particularly in building the capacity of local governments and organizations to manage health programs, increasing country ownership of those programs, and improving how we measure and monitor progress.
Our primary action areas include:
- Strengthening policies, regulations, and governance
- Building individual and institutional capacity for supply management and service delivery
- Instituting evidence-based approaches to decision-making and strategic planning
- Applying financing mechanisms proven to reduce costs
- Generating new resources and more efficient ways to use them
- Integrating new health technologies and diagnostics
- Monitoring the quality and safety of medicines and other health technologies
SIAPS works to implement its strategy supporting systems, services and management across health areas through the technical focus areas below.