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HIV/TB Pharmaceutical Management Training in Swaziland to Improve Medicine Availability and Rational Use

An off-site training was held for 104 pharmacy personnel (32 males, 72 females) responsible for managing HIV and TB medicines in 88 health facilities in the 4 regions around the country. SIAPS supported the training, which included pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, and nurses. The trainings took place over August 7–17, 2017, and each region was trained […]

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Pediatric Antiretroviral Treatment Uptake, Treatment Adherence, Regimen Switches, and Retention in Care in Namibia

In Namibia, a preliminary review of EDT records suggests that children form a small proportion of the patients accessing ART in any given setting, nationally composing 8% of the patients on ART in the MoHSS facilities. Over the years, managing children has been complicated with formulations that have not been friendly for children, complicated regimens, and occasional stock-outs of pediatric ARVs. These challenges may increase the number of children that might receive suboptimal care, including delayed or no interventions in face of poor adherence, ultimately leading to suboptimal response to treatment. This can then increase the risk of HIV drug resistance and leads to short survival of HIV-infected children. Findings from this assessment will provide much needed evidence on trends in pediatric HIV treatment uptake, levels of adherence, and retention among those on treatment. Ultimately, the evidence generated will support MoHSS policy makers and leaders in modifying and strengthening interventions aimed at enhancing treatment uptake, adherence, retention, and viral load suppression among HIV-infected children in Namibia.

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Enhanced TB Microscopy Training of Trainers

This document is a compilation of the training materials used for the course entitled “Enhanced TB Microscopy Training of Trainers.” The course was held on July 25 to 29, 2016, at the Cebu TB Reference Laboratory in Cebu City, Philippines, and is part of the activities under the National TB Program (NTP) Laboratory Training Decentralization Strategy. This training of trainers (TOT) was planned, organized, and implemented jointly by SIAPS/PH, the National TB Reference Laboratory (NTRL), and the Department of Health (DOH) Regional Office for Central Visayas. The materials for this course were designed so that they can be used in the original or modified version in future TOTs for TB microscopy or for other NTP laboratory training. Trainers from the NTP will benefit from these materials as they will find them useful when they plan and conduct future trainings.

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Namibia had a prevalence of HIV infection of 17.2% in 2016. That rate of infection, coupled with the vastness of the country and a shortage of qualified pharmaceutical personnel, resulted in a critical need to strengthen health systems. Below are some highlights of SIAPS’ ongoing work in the country. Ensuring access to safe and quality […]

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DHIS2 and e-TB Manager Interoperability: Creating a Stronger Digital Health System in Bangladesh

In 2015, at the request of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), SIAPS undertook a comprehensive mapping exercise of the existing HIS tools in the country to review their scopes and performances and explore opportunities to link the tools to improve efficiency.
The assessment included a deep dive into the DHIS2 platform to assess the system’s capacity, robustness, data security, and interoperability and strongly recommended that the country continue using DHIS2 for data aggregation, analysis, and reporting, with a caution that overload of individual patient data should be avoided. This recommendation triggered a thoughtful consideration to integrate the standalone e-TB Manager with DHIS2 so that patient summary data become available through DHIS2 for indicator reporting and decision making.

 

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SIAPS Voices: Working for improved access to HIV treatment in Namibia

A Q&A with Greatjoy Mazibuko, SIAPS Senior Technical Manager in Namibia You’re working in Namibia, which has one of the highest prevalence rates of HIV in the world. How does this affect life in the country? The prevalence of HIV infection stood at 17.2% in 2016, which is relatively high for sub-Saharan Africa, but it’s […]

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Defeating malaria through pharmaceutical systems strengthening

SIAPS has received funding from the US President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) to work in eight countries—Angola, Burundi, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Ethiopia, Kenya, Guinea, Mali, and South Sudan—to strengthen pharmaceutical systems for improved malaria control. This report synthesizes the pharmaceutical systems strengthening efforts of SIAPS and documents how the approach was used to support efforts to control malaria.

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Defeating malaria through pharmaceutical systems strengthening: A review of SIAPS’s activities in eight countries

SIAPS recently published the results of its activities in eight countries (Angola, Burundi, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Ethiopia, Kenya, Guinea, Mali, and South Sudan) to control malaria. This report summarizes systems strengthening interventions that support the prevention and treatment of malaria. With funding from the US President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) and based […]

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SIAPS provides technical assistance to the Inter-Ministerial Commission on Medicines Availability in Swaziland

Upon receiving an invitation from the Right Honourable Prime Minister of Swaziland, Dr Sibusiso Barnabas Dlamini, SIAPS provided technical assistance to the task team appointed to examine the problem of inconsistent availability of essential medicines. Recent media reports and routine assessments conducted by the SIAPS Program indicated frequent stock-outs of essential medicines and medicinal supplies, […]

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Supervision Formative Intégrée Dans les Directions Préfectorales de la Santé de Labé et de Mali

Pour lutter contre le paludisme, le Ministère de la Santé à travers le Programme national de lutte contre le paludisme (PNLP) a élaboré un plan stratégique national de troisième génération couvrant la période allant de 2013 à 2017. Il a été approuvé en février 2014 lors de la signature de l’aide-mémoire de la revue de performance du PNLP. Pour réaliser cet important volet du PSN, le PNLP, en collaboration avec ses partenaires, a élaboré en octobre 2014 et amendé en 2016 une grille nationale de supervision formative intégrée. C’est dans cette optique que s’inscrit cette supervision formative intégrée dans les directions préfectorales de la santé de Labé et de Mali du 5 au 14 août 2016, qui doit déboucher sur l’élaboration des plans de résolution des problèmes identifiés au niveau des structures.

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