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Sierra Leone Project Update: Developing a Commodity Dashboard to Track Medicine Stock and Related Health Data

To take systems strengthening support to the next level, SIAPS is introducing a web-based enhanced information graphic display platform. The dashboard features data from each health facility and supply structure and will provide real-time access to patient and commodity information. The end goal is for the dashboard to be used to visualize graphic data on health programs, patient uptake, and stock status in about 1,300 health facilities in all districts of the country.

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2014 National Tuberculosis Reference Laboratory Annual Report

This annual report is the first of its kind for the National Tuberculosis Reference Laboratory (NTRL). The following provides a general picture of NTRL’s activities and accomplishments related to service and development in 2014. It documents the expansion of laboratory services and adoption of new technologies in the context of new developments in TB diagnosis and treatment.

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Introducing a more efficient and effective patient chart in Sierra Leone

SIAPS recently helped train 55 hospital staff on how to use a new and improved patient chart in Freetown, Sierra Leone. The training, which took place May 6 at the University of Sierra Leone Teaching Hospital Complex at Connaught Hospital, was attended by 15 doctors, 35 nurses, and 5 pharmacists. The SIAPS team in Sierra […]

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Strengthening TB Pharmaceutical Management in Region IV-A Through Partnership and Capacity Building

In the Philippines, tuberculosis (TB) is the sixth leading cause of death, mostly affecting the poor and vulnerable populations. Stock-outs of TB medicines in public health facilities compromise treatment of patients with TB because of limited access and additional burden of out-of-pocket expenses for medicines. As part of the improvement of the overall supply chain of the TB program, SIAPS has been working with the Department of Health central office with focus on quantification, procurement, storage, distribution, and pharmacovigilance. In addition, the National TB Control Program (NTP) requested SIAPS to develop an action-oriented practical guide for TB pharmaceutical management.

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Outcome of Auditable Pharmaceutical Transactions and Services Implementation: Assessment Report

This report presents results of the assessment on implementation of Auditable Pharmaceutical Transaction and Services (APTS), a package of interventions designed to improve the quality of pharmaceutical services at public health facilities. The development and implementation of this intervention has been supported by the SIAPS program, which is implemented by Management Sciences for Health (MSH) with funding from United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The project is implemented in close collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH), regional health bureaus (RHBs), and the respective health facilities.

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Focus on Scale

Key to the success of any health systems strengthening project is whether it effects broad, sustainable, institutional change.  Sound strategic planning can grow a successful hospital pilot program into a nationwide health intervention that improves lives.  The examples below show the SIAPS program’s work in bringing pharmaceutical systems strengthening interventions to scale.     Technical Publication: Transforming Pharmaceutical […]

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Using Electronic Pharmacy Dispensing Data for Surveillance of Outpatient Antibiotic Consumption and Monitoring of Antibiotic Prescribing Practices at District and Provincial Hospitals in the South African Public Sector

The primary aim of this study was to assess the feasibility of using electronic pharmacy dispensing data extracted from RxSolution® for the surveillance of outpatient (ambulatory) antibiotic consumption and monitor antibiotic prescribing practices at district and provincial hospitals in public health facilities in North West Province, South Africa, between April 2013 and March 2015. This was an exploratory project to develop hypotheses on the volume of antibiotics used and prescribing patterns.

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SIAPS Special Technical Brief Series

A new collection of technical briefs highlight strategic approaches, innovations, results and lessons learned in implementing systems-wide interventions to strengthen pharmaceutical systems and services in three countries: South Africa, Namibia and Ethiopia. Click on the thumbnails below to read the full technical briefs. Strengthening Namibia’s Pharmacy Sector and Workforce Strengthening the Leadership and Management of […]

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Mozambique Drug and Therapeutics Committee Workshop: Technical Report

Inefficient and irrational use of medicines is a well-documented problem in both developed and developing countries. It leads to cost increases and adverse clinical effects for patients. The inappropriate use of medicine can be reduced if health care professionals involved in the different aspects of medicine use promote good practices for medicine management and use. An appropriate forum for the development and implementation of medicine policies is the Drug and Therapeutics Committee (DTC).

In Mozambique, the establishment of hospital DTCs was officially requested by the Ministério da Saúde (MISAU) (Ministry of Health) in the document The Departamento de Farmacia Hospitalar (DFH) (Department of Hospital Pharmacy) in the Direcção Nacional de Assistência Médica (National Directorate of Medical Assistance) of MISAU also took on the establishment of hospital DTCs as a priority intervention to improve the appropriate use of medicines at the hospital level. SIAPS has provided technical assistance to assist hospitals in establishing DTCs to improve medicine use, and in the collection and analysis of medicine use information for decision making as part of its support to counterparts in the pharmaceutical sector.

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Saving the Most Vulnerable from Malaria in South Sudan

By Abraham Ayuen, Senior Communications Specialist for SIAPS South Sudan.  This post originally appeared on MSH’s website.   Six-year-old Yohana Peter clutched a bottle of mango juice as he waited for his medication outside a pharmacy at Al Sabah Children’s Hospital in Juba, South Sudan. Seated next to his mother on a metal bench, Yohana looked anxious. […]

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