The overall objective is to provide support and overarching guidance on reproductive, maternal, newborn, child, and adolescent health commodity financing and supply chain management approaches to the Global Financing Facility secretariat and participating countries. Highlights this quarter included an orientation workshop for 10 new GFF countries held in Accra, Ghana, at the end of January 2018, during which there was a parallel session on management of commodities and a technical webinar on commodity management for teams from the 16 existing countries. Technical support was provided for the review of documents, and technical discussions were held in Senegal, Liberia, Guatemala, and DRC. Also during this quarter, SIAPS planned for the transfer of funds from USAID to the E2A project to allow the consultancy to continue beyond the end of SIAPS.
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The SIAPS-developed AMR coalition-based strategy identifies educational institutions, such as UNAM; therapeutic committees (TCs); and key institutions involved in AMR, such as the National Institute of Pathology (NIP) as key players in the pre- and in-service training of health care professionals to enhance RMU and combat AMR. SIAPS collaborated with key institutions, including the MoHSS, Div:PhSs, UNAM-SOM, UNAM-SOP, NIP, and TCs in the Kunene and Karas regions, in activities to reduce hospital-acquired infections (HAIs); improve infection prevention and control (IPC); and promote RMU in Namibia.
USAID-SIAPS Technical Assistance to NTP Laboratory Network: Strengthening Leadership, Management, and Governance Capacity
The National Tuberculosis Program’s strategic direction for the laboratory services is to improve access to laboratory services so that all high-risk TB patients are tested using World Health Organization (WHO)-endorsed rapid diagnostic tests (RDTs) as the initial diagnostic procedure, particularly the Xpert MTB/RIF assay (Xpert). This entails the strengthening of the laboratory network (LNW) and its support systems to achieve a wider deployment and implementation of RDTs while ensuring the sustained delivery and quality of all currently employed TB diagnostic technologies, including smear microscopy, culture and drug susceptibility testing (DST), and line probe assay (LPA). To facilitate the laboratory network strengthening processes, SIAPS focused its technical assistance in strengthening the leadership, management, and governance (LMG) capacity of NTP, particularly the National Tuberculosis Reference Laboratory (NTRL), since the latter is mandated to provide technical leadership and oversight to the management of the laboratory network.
2017 Regional Planning Workshop for Laboratory Network Strengthening: Expansion of Rapid TB Diagnostic Laboratories and Strengthening EQA-DSSM Implementation
The National TB Reference Laboratory (NTRL) organized two planning workshops to assist the 17 Department of Health (DOH) regional NTP teams in developing their action plans for the expansion of the rapid TB diagnostic laboratories (RTDLs) and for strengthening the laboratory systems. The objectives of the workshop were to assist the regional NTP teams in analyzing the situation of the laboratory network in their respective areas and in developing a regional plan for the expansion of RTDLs and for strengthening external quality assessment (EQA) implementation. SIAPS provided technical assistance to the NTRL with workshop preparations and in facilitating discussions.
SIAPS has supported the ART program and the Division of Pharmaceutical Services to implement ART decentralization strategies. SIAPS has collaborated with other USAID-funded implementing partners in the development of standard operating procedures (SOPs) for implementing CBART services and in designing process flows for the movement of patients between the community and ART facilities, including pharmacy visits for ARV refills. SIAPS trained more than 80 health workers in PEPFAR priority, high HIV prevalence regions on the SOPs and process flows for CBART implementation, dispensing tools, and procedures at NIMART sites. SIAPS has also supported the ART program by developing monitoring and evaluation tools to ensure that the care provided to patients accessing services from community service points and NIMART sites is well documented to allow health practitioners at the main ART sites to ensure that patients still receive the same high standard of care required in the delivery of ART services.
SIAPS supported the MoHSS to design and implement a web-based electronic information system (dashboard) for both patient and stock status in Namibia. It was designed to improve coordination among facility, district, regional, and national stakeholders involved in HIV commodity management; increase the use of pharmaceutical information for management decision making at all levels of health care; and improve planning for financial resources for pharmaceutical commodities. The dashboard comprises a module for monitoring 22 pharmaceutical services delivery indicators, a module that summarizes the number of people accessing ART services, and an early warning system against stock-outs of antiretrovirals (ARVs) and other essential medicines.
NTP Laboratory Network Assessment: Strategic Directions to Improve Access and Quality of TB Diagnostic Services Assessment Report
The National TB Program has embarked on the new Philippine Strategic TB Elimination Plan Phase One: 2017–2022, setting targets and objectives to significantly reduce TB mortality and prevalence by 2022. Among the key activities in the plan is to ensure the access of all priority patients to rapid TB diagnosis along with drug susceptibility testing for rifampicin. This entails the expanded deployment of the new RDTs, exemplified by Xpert, at the primary level of care. The NTP envisions using RDTs as the initial TB diagnostic test within the short term. This assessment was done to gather information on the laboratory network’s capacity to provide access to diagnostic services, particularly the new rapid TB diagnostics at the primary level of care, identify factors that serve as barriers to ensuring the provision of continuous and reliable laboratory services, and to propose actions to address the identified barriers.
Several partners and initiatives contribute to the control and elimination of neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) at the global level. However, deficiencies in the capacity of NTD programs to manage the donation, storage, and distribution of neglected tropical disease drugs (NTDDs) for mass drug administration (MDA) still remain. Working in tandem with partners, stakeholders, and NTD programs in priority countries, SIAPS provided the required coordination and technical expertise to advance the NTD control agenda and address issues and concerns of global initiatives as they relate to NTDDs.
Department of Health Training Guide on Warehousing and Distribution of Family Planning, TB, and other Health Commodities in the Philippines
This guide is written for the DOH Philippines’ LMD. It can be used as support material in the training and development of new and existing staff involved in warehouse and distribution operations at all levels, particularly those who are involved in the process of receiving, putaway and storing, picking and packing, and dispatching of FP, TB, and other health commodities in DOH warehouses.
Capacity Building for Healthcare Personnel to Manage Pharmaceutical Services at ART and NIMART Sites, October 2015 to September 2016
SIAPS supported the Ministry of Health and Social Services to enhance capacity of pharmaceutical HR to manage pharmaceutical services in public health facilities in Namibia. The major objectives of the activities were to build HR capacity in pharmaceutical management and service delivery for improved HIV and AIDS treatment outcomes and improve availability and use of pharmaceutical service data for improved quality of ART services. Activities comprised onsite staff mentoring through supportive supervision visits and training sessions adapted to the needs of the target healthcare workers.
- The Use of Pharmaceutical Information for Decision Making in Namibia's National ART Program: Assessment Report
SIAPS conducted this assessment to determine the extent to which pharmaceutical information generated from the Electronic Dispensing Tool (EDT) and […]
The Directorate of Drugs and Medical Supplies (DDMS) plays a key role in providing technical guidance and setting strategic direction […]
- Systems for Improved Access to Pharmaceuticals and Services (SIAPS) Program Inventory of Key Technical Resources
The main purpose of this inventory is to serve as a reference to help stakeholders working in the pharmaceutical sector […]