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Regulatory Approval of TDF/FTC Boosts Namibia’s Campaign to end the HIV Epidemic

The approval of TDF/FTC (trade name Truvada®) by the Namibian Medicines Regulatory Council (NMRC) on May 11, 2017, brings renewed hope for achieving an AIDS-free generation in Namibia. The availability and use of TDF/FTC for pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for adults at high risk of sexually acquired HIV-1 in Namibia could significantly reduce the emergence of […]

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New Pharmacy Assistants Help Narrow the ART Dispensing Gap in Namibia

On June 1, 2017, 38 new pharmacy assistants (PAs) graduated from Namibia’s National Health Training Center (NHTC). At the graduation ceremony, Dr. Andreas Mwoombola, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Health and Social Services (MOHSS), encouraged the graduates to prioritize the health of their communities and to serve those communities with dignity. He decried […]

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SMS Reminders Improve Patients’ Pharmacy Appointment-keeping for Antiretroviral Refills in Namibia

Patients on lifelong antiretroviral therapy (ART) may be at risk of forgetting their pharmacy appointments for antiretroviral (ARV) refills. The SMS-based ART pharmacy appointment and medication adherence reminder service provides automated text notifications to ART patients reminding them to pick up their ARV refills according to appointment dates made by pharmacy staff using the SIAPS-supported Electronic Dispensing Tool (EDT). The service was introduced in May 2015 at 10 public-sector ART sites in 6 of Namibia’s 14 regions.

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HIV and AIDS Commodity Management Tool for West Africa (OSPSIDA): Technical Guide

The West Africa Regional HIV Pharmaceutical Management Information Dashboard is developed and implemented for fifteen focus West African countries for better management of HIV and AIDS commodities. The goal of the Dashboard is to capture, track, aggregate, and disseminate information about antiretroviral drugs (ARVs), rapid test kits (RTKs), and other HIV and AIDS commodities to support evidence-based decision making in the West Africa subregion. The Dashboard will assist focus countries and subregional organizations in improving forecasting, supply planning, and procurement to support the continuous availability of ARVs, RTKs, and other HIV- and AIDS-related commodities.

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HIV and AIDS Commodity Management Tool for West Africa (OSPSIDA): User Guide

The goal of the OSPSIDA Dashboard is to capture, track, aggregate, and disseminate information about antiretroviral drugs (ARVs), rapid test kits (RTKs), and other HIV and AIDS commodities to support evidence-based decision making in the West Africa subregion. The Dashboard offers regional partners a platform through which they may easily share information on funding flows and stock-out risks. The data available on this platform will be used to inform decision making and assist in identifying solutions to mitigate risks in the short-, medium-, and long-term. This User Guide assists users to make entries into the OSPSIDA Dashboard smoothly. The user guide has step-by-step guidance on how to access the dashboard, enter information, and generate reports.

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Implementing an TB/HIV Active Surveillance System in Swaziland

SIAPS supported the Swaziland Ministry of Health (MOH) in mobilizing key stakeholders from the Swaziland National AIDS Program and the National Tuberculosis Control Program to introduce and implement an active surveillance system for patients on ARVs and anti-TB treatment. SIAPS provided technical assistance to MOH’s National Pharmacovigilance Unit (NPVU) to develop the protocol and tools to implement the system, as well as to develop a system for recruiting patients at the HIV and TB sites.

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Manuel de procédures de gestion des achats et des stocks des produits de santé de lutte contre le VIH/SIDA

Ce manuel de procédures de Gestion des Achats et des Stocks (GAS) des produits de lutte contre le VIH/Sida vise à décrire d’une manière synthétique les procédures à suivre par le GTC-CNLS, la Centrale Nationale d’Approvisionnement en Médicaments et consommables médicaux Essentiels (CENAME), les Centres d’Approvisionnement Pharmaceutique Régionaux (CAPR) et les Formations Sanitaires (FOSA) lors des activités liées à la gestion des achats et des stocks des produits de santé de lutte contre le VIH/Sida acquis dans le cadre de la subvention de la série 10 du Fonds mondial de Lutte contre le VIH/SIDA, la Tuberculose et le Paludisme.

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Using the Electronic Dispensing Tool to Retain Patients on Antiretroviral Therapy in Namibia

Compiled by Wezi Tjaronda (SIAPS), Samson Mwinga (SIAPS), Harriet Kagoya (SIAPS), and Greatjoy Mazibuko (SIAPS) At the Kaisosi settlement in Rundu, Namibia, antiretroviral therapy (ART) patients who were once lost to follow up (LTFU) are returning for care. One of these patients, Domingos Christophine*, a 39-year-old single mother, began ART at the Kuisebmund clinic in […]

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Deployment of the HIV and AIDS Commodity Management Tool OSPSIDA in Six Focus Countries in West and Central Africa: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Guinea, Niger, and Togo

The availability and quality of HIV commodity, including antiretrovirals and HIV test kits, increases the demand for HIV care services and enables the scale-up of antiretroviral therapy. In West Africa and Central Africa, stock-outs often occurred because of poor coordination and information sharing among partners and lack of a reliable early warning system.

With funding from USAID West Africa and in collaboration with West African Health Organization and key stakeholders involved in the procurement and supply management at country and regional levels, SIAPS has provided supports to six countries in West and Central Africa: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Guinea, Niger, and Togo. These countries will set up a web-based early warning system known as the HIV and AIDS Commodity Management Tool (OSPSIDA) to monitor HIV and AIDS commodities.

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Transition of the HIV and AIDS Commodity Management Tool (OSPSIDA) to the West African Health Organization and Cameroon: Lessons Learned and Recommendations

USAID’s West African office asked SIAPS to provide support to six countries in the West and Central African region—Burkina Faso, Benin, Cameroon, Guinea, Niger, and Togo—to establish a web-based regional dashboard (OSPSIDA.org) that will create an early warning system (EWS) to monitor HIV and AIDS commodities and to detect and minimize the risk of stock-out in the focus countries.

In pursuit of this objective, and to ensure local ownership and long-term sustainability, the West African Health Organization (WAHO) has been involved since the project’s inception and has provided useful input during the design phase and official launch in Accra in April 2014. However, for the long-term sustainability of the dashboard and in an effort to support WAHO’s strategy of setting up security stock for West African countries, it is necessary to transfer the dashboard to WAHO’s Essential Medicines and Vaccines Program  as its final home.

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