SIAPS Namibia applied the capacity building approach to support the Ministry of Health and Social Services to enhance the capacity of two local training institutions—UNAM-SoP and the NHTC—to train pharmacists and PAs, respectively. With SIAPS technical assistance for defining a career path for PAs, UNAM-SoP started training pharmacy technicians, a new cadre in Namibia. SIAPS also continued its efforts to enhance the capacity of individuals through pre- and in-service training to ensure that health workers have adequate skills to administer quality pharmaceutical services. The capacity building interventions were done through training workshops and on-the-job technical assistance provided during support supervisory visits (SSVs) and remotely.
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Human Resource Capacity Development for ART and Pharmaceutical Services in Namibia, October 2014-September 2015
Systems thinking is now a widely accepted concept in global health. Governments, donors, and other actors in global health recognize that guaranteeing the availability of medicines is a necessary, but insufficient component to improving health outcomes. Rather, medicines availability must be bolstered by other components, such as ensuring that quality medicines are available and prescribed and dispensed appropriately by health care workers; patients must also use medicines properly. In order to achieve improvements in health for their populations and address health inequities, governments and donors must invest in strengthening health systems. A health system depends on its subcomponent, a pharmaceutical system, for the continuous availability of safe, effective, and affordable essential medicines and other health technologies of assured quality to deliver effective health interventions that improve health outcomes. This is in alignment with USAID’s Vision for Health Systems Strengthening (2015-2019). To this end, the USAID-funded Systems for Improved Access to Pharmaceuticals and Services (SIAPS) Program focuses on achieving positive health outcomes by assuring the availability of quality pharmaceutical products and effective pharmaceutical services.
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID)’s Systems for Improved Access to Pharmaceuticals and Services (SIAPS) program, implemented by Management Sciences for Health, and its predecessor programs have provided technical assistance (TA) support to strengthen public health pharmaceutical management systems in countries around the world for about a decade and a half.
A significant proportion of SIAPS TA support to countries is for strengthening health supply chains for HIV and AIDS, tuberculosis (TB), malaria, and maternal, newborn and child health (MNCH) programs. The TA support involves developing and implementing appropriate country or regional strategies and interventions to close gaps and bottlenecks in key supply chain functional areas––quantification, procurement, warehouse (storage) and distribution management, inventory management, logistics management information systems (LMIS), transportation, and waste management. Through this effort, SIAPS has contributed to improvements in supply chain operations, responsiveness, and effectiveness, thus ensuring availability to patients of essential health commodities.
Human resource capacity development is critical to SIAPS mission. SIAPS would like to enhance supply chain staff capability in areas such as framing supply chain strategies, developing, implementing and applying appropriate key performance indicators to monitor effectiveness of tailored TA approaches and interventions for addressing gaps in various supply chain functional areas.
To this end, SIAPS conducted a three-day supply chain management capacity development workshop for its technical staff involved in supply chain efforts.
Improving the Professional Registration Process of Pharmacy Personnel through Streamlining the Assessment Framework, Methods, and Tools in Namibia
Namibia faces a shortage of pharmaceutical personnel. The increased burden that HIV and AIDS has placed on national health systems in general has made this burden even more severe. USAID-funded SIAPS conducted a preliminary assessment to evaluate the screening system and processes in use for pharmaceutical practitioners concerning legal recognition to practice in Namibia. This was also conducted to advise the Pharmacy Council of Namibia (PCN) on improvements that can be made to the screening process for the pharmacy practitioner competency assessment and registration/licensure process. The goal is to make more pharmacists, technicians, and pharmacists’ assistants (PAs) available to provide appropriate pharmaceutical care services in general and make antiretroviral therapy (ART) in particular more accessible to patients, especially in rural settings.
Rapport de l’atelier de formation des utilisateurs régionaux et de district de Mopti sur le manuel des POS pour la gestion du système d’information logistique des médicaments essentiels et intrants des programmes de santé au Mali
On March 24, 2014. SIAPS/Mali held a workshop in Mopti district on a manual of standard operating procedures for managing information on the logistics of essential medicines and other health inputs in Mali.
In this issue:
BLC Supports Evidence-Based Programming of the CAFO Capacity Building Interventions, Guiding Procurement and Prescribing of ARVs and other Medicines using the NEMLIST, Namibia launches the New Progressive ART Guidelines, Equipping Public Health Supply Chain Managers with Leadership and Management Skills, Streamlining the Regulation of Pharmacy Personnel in Namibia, Improving Adherence to ARV Medicines in Namibia, Strengthening Infection Control Committees at Different Levels of the Health System in Namibia, Motivating Pioneer Pharmacy Students towards Future Role in Delivery of ART and other Pharmaceutical Services
Preservice Curriculum Reform on Pharmaceutical Supply Management at the Hanoi University of Pharmacy: Technical Assistance for Curriculum Review and Competency Assessment
Preservice curriculum reform followed by sound implementation is a cost-effective and sustainable intervention that leads to broader health system strengthening. Effective preservice training reduces the need for future large-scale and expensive in-service trainings. The Hanoi University of Pharmacy (HUP) in Vietnam is currently reforming their preservice curriculum on pharmaceutical supply management. A systematic process is being adopted to ensure that the resulting curriculum is tailored to suit Vietnam’s specific needs.
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