SIAPS final report showcases achievements across 46 countries. Interventions are described by intermediate results and health areas and demonstrate how SIAPS successfully worked with a range of stakeholders, including Ministries of Health, to bolster pharmaceutical systems and address country-specific needs.
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Leadership and governance of Sierra Leone’s Directorate of Pharmaceutical Services (DPS) is a key pillar of the health care system. The DPS plays a key role in providing technical guidance and setting the strategic direction for policy formulation, service delivery, standards, laws and regulations, and objectives. It is also involved in stakeholder collaboration and coalition building, monitoring and oversight, resource mobilization, and resource deployment. The DPS is expected to provide leadership and manage the efforts of pharmaceutical health care providers, particularly pharmacy personnel, to ensure that strategic goals and objectives are accomplished at all levels. It was therefore necessary to review the DPS structure at all levels, especially with regard to the ongoing decentralization process and capacity needs.
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.
In an effort to improve the health status of the Beninese population, a priority activity included in the 2015 convention between the US Government, represented by USAID, and the Benin Government, represented by the Ministry of Health (MOH), was to conduct a comprehensive assessment of the public health supply chain, focused on essential medicines that are associated with the package of low-cost, high-impact interventions. SIAPS undertook this assessment in close collaboration with and under the leadership of the MOH, represented by the National Health Products Supply Chain. This report presents information on the capability, maturity, and operational performance of Benin’s health supply system, along with a strategic plan of interventions to address identified weaknesses that will allow reliable supply and use of medicines in the health system.
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.
Development of Standard Operating Procedures to Strengthen Demand and Supply Planning of DOH Philippines
In line with the objective of the Department of Health (DOH) to strengthen supply chain management for pharmaceuticals and health commodities and ensure access for all Filipinos, this technical assistance aimed to support the DOH in strengthening demand and supply planning for pharmaceuticals. The assistance aimed to facilitate consensus building to harmonize demand and supply planning activities of the DOH, initiate the development of selected SOPs on demand and supply planning at the central level, identify data sets and requirements for performing consumption-based quantification for selected commodities.
Leadership, Management, and Governance Evidence Compendium: Medical Products, Vaccines, and Technologies
This brief on “Medical Products, Vaccines, and Technologies” is one of the chapters of the Leadership, Management, and Governance Evidence Compendium. The USAID-funded Leadership, Management, and Governance (LMG) Project collaborated with the USAID-funded SIAPS program to develop this chapter. The compendium contributes to the evidence base and advocates for continued investment in Leadership, Management, and Governance (L+M+G) activities by examining and documenting the evidence that exists regarding L+M+G’s role in strengthening health system performance in low and middle-income countries. The compendium’s five chapters draw on existing evidence documented in peer-reviewed and grey literature to describe the mechanisms that illustrates L+M+G’s role in the health system and the mechanisms through which L+M+G influences health system functioning.
Rapport de l’atelier de formation des acteurs du niveau périphérique sur le portail Ebola de l’outil de suivi des produits de santé (OSPSANTE)
La formation des acteurs du niveau périphérique sur le portail Ebola de l’outil de suivi des produits de santé (OSPSANTE) a été réalisée du 18 au 22 septembre 2017 dans la salle de conférence du COU. Elle a réuni 40 acteurs au total : deux facilitateurs de SIAPS et trois du DOU-SP et 35 prestataires qui ont reçu la formation, venant des services de santé de 3 régions (Kayes, Koulikoro, Sikasso) ; le district de Bamako et le CHU du point G. Ces différents acteurs sont impliqués par leurs rôles dans la gestion des produits Ebola. Au cours de cette formation, à travers 11 sessions dispensées, les acteurs ont appris comment estimer les besoins et faire la commande des produits, comment enregistrer et soumettre les données logistiques des produits de la prévention d’Ebola dans OSPSANTE, quel outil primaire ils doivent utiliser pour saisir les données dans le portail d’Ebola, quels sont les rapports que l’outil peut produire et comment faire les analyses pour la prise de décision dans le cadre de l’amélioration de la disponibilité des ME.
Evaluation of community case management of malaria in the pilot health districts of Ghombo, Gashoho, and Mabayi
To accelerate achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and universal health coverage, Burundi has implemented different strategies, including PECADOM, or home-based community management of malaria. A PECADOM implementation guide was developed that compiled relevant information to inform the Ministry of Public Health and the Fight against AIDS officials about its implementation. The overall goal of PECADOM is to help reduce mortality caused by malaria.This document is an external evaluation report conducted in the three districts of Gashoho, Gahombo, and Mabayi, after 24, 19, and 12 months of implementation, respectively. The following chapters present the objectives and methodology of the evaluation, the key findings, lessons learned, challenges, and conclusions and recommendations.
As the availability of pharmaceutical products in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) has improved in recent years, the need for functional national regulatory systems is becoming paramount in ensuring the safety, quality, and efficacy of those products. However, national regulatory authorities in LMICs struggle to fulfill their respective mandates to meet this increasing demand for their services in line with international standards. Outdated legal frameworks, inadequate staffing, inefficient processes, weak information systems, and insufficient financing are among the challenges they face. Increasingly, donors and development agencies are acknowledging the importance of regulatory systems strengthening and are looking for ways to work with national regulatory authorities to define and prioritize their system needs, identify feasible evidence-based and cost-effective system strengthening interventions, and support regulatory authorities to monitor progress toward their goals. RSAT examines the system components and regulatory functions of a national medicines regulatory system. It can be implemented by either National Medicines Regulatory Agency (NMRA) staff for the purpose of self-assessment and monitoring or independent assessors and technical assistance providers that provide support to NMRAs to pinpoint and prioritize the specific areas of the regulatory system that most need improvement to achieve greater efficiency and effectiveness. The tool is designed to populate a combination of quantitative and qualitative data from multiple pre-existing sources.
- The Use of Pharmaceutical Information for Decision Making in Namibia's National ART Program: Assessment Report
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- 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 […]