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Strong pharmaceutical systems run on sound data

By David Mabirizi, SIAPS Deputy Director, Country Programs Q. What does managing pharmaceutical services have in common with flying planes or performing open-heart surgery? A. All of these are complex operations that need accurate, timely information to make effective, life-saving decisions. Here’s why: Sound data helps pharmaceutical managers ensure an uninterrupted supply of medicines; quantify […]

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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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Amélioration de la disponibilité et de l’accessibilité des produits et médicaments essentiels par l’opérationnalisation d’un système d’information pour la gestion logistique en Guinée

Malgré d’importantes ressources financières consacrées par le Gouvernement et les partenaires au développement pour renforcer la chaîne d’approvisionnement des produits de santé, des insuffisances majeures entravent le fonctionnement effectif du système de logistique en Guinée. Le programme SIAPS travaille avec le ministère de la Santé pour l’amélioration du système d’information. Dans le souci de rendre disponibles les données logistiques de routine pour des décisions plus éclairées, la DNPM et SIAPS ont pris la décision au second semestre 2016, de redynamiser le système de logistique intégrée avant la fin de l’année 2017. Trois actions majeures ont été abordées, à savoir : la révision annuelle des procédures du Système de logistique intégrée, la mise en œuvre du Manuel de procédures à tous les niveaux de la pyramide sanitaire et la mise en place d’une Unité de gestion logistique pour les produits de santé.

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Strengthening the Pharmaceutical System in Sierra Leone after Ebola

SIAPS received two years of funding from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) in September 2015 to provide technical assistance to rebuild and strengthen the post-Ebola pharmaceutical supply chain management system and improve the supply chain and rational medicine use in Sierra Leone. To support these goals, SIAPS provides technical assistance for systems strengthening activities including governance and leadership, supply chain management and information for decision making.

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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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SIAPS Annual Report: Program Year 5

To learn more about SIAPS program activities worldwide, please read our annual report for program year 5.

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Ethiopia: Oromia Regional Council ratifies APTS regulation

On October 30, 2015, proposed regulations for implementation of the Auditable Pharmaceutical Transactions and Services (APTS) system were unanimously enacted by the Oromia Regional Council. The Council accepted all articles of the regulation and recommended immediate implementation of APTS in the region. APTS is a package of data-driven interventions that support a continuous supply of essential medicines, […]

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Ukraine’s Ministry of Health highlights SIAPS pharmacovigilance tool at WHO meeting

At the 38th Annual Meeting of Representatives of National Pharmacovigilance Centres participating in the WHO Programme for International Drug Monitoring, held in New Delhi, India from 4-6 November, Olena Matvieieva from Ukraine’s Ministry of Health (MOH) presented the ways in which SIAPS and the MOH are working to improve the methodology and systems for passive […]

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Pharmadex launches in Mozambique, streamlining medicines registration

On October 1, the Pharmacy Department within Mozambique’s Ministry of Health successfully launched Pharmadex—a major achievement, and a significant step toward making the country’s medicines registration system more effective and transparent. Pharmadex, a SIAPS-supported web-based tool, supports a more efficient medicines registration process by organizing and housing all relevant information needed for an application to […]

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Interfacing RxSolution with a Biometric Verification System to Improve Patient Records Management in South Africa

Enhancing patient recordkeeping in Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality The City of Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality, located in the Gauteng Province, is the fifth-largest municipality in South Africa and home to over 2.9 million residents as well as the capital, Pretoria. The municipality operates 24 primary health care facilities providing access to health services, primarily to the uninsured […]

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