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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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Technical Brief: Improving Health Outcomes through Delivery of Patient-Centered Pharmaceutical Care by Pharmacists in Low- and Middle-Income Countries

Health systems in low- and middle-income countries have focused on managing acute infectious conditions, and pharmacy practices have typically focused on product-centered services rather than patient-centered care. However, these countries are experiencing an increasing burden of chronic communicable and non-communicable diseases, such as HIV and AIDS and cardiovascular diseases. Providing effective long-term care for chronic diseases requires pharmacy practices to strengthen patient counseling and adherence, and bolster linkages among clinical, laboratory, pharmacy, and other services. To respond to this need in pharmacy services, many countries are expanding their pharmacy practice from a model that centers on supplying and dispensing medicines to one that emphasizes the provision of patient-centered pharmaceutical care―and in collaboration with other health care providers―to support the achievement of better health outcomes.

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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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Incorporating RxSolution into Pre-service Instruction on Medicines Supply Management in South Africa

By Bright Phiri, SIAPS Communications Officer; Katelyn Payne, SIAPS Project Associate; and Susan Putter, SIAPS Principal Technical Advisor A serious deficit of pharmacy support personnel in South Africa has highlighted the need to create new career opportunities in the field of pharmaceutical services provision. According to the South African Pharmacy Council, there are approximately 14,213 […]

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Video: Strengthening Leadership, Management, and Governance Skills Among South African Pharmacists

This new SIAPS video tells the story of the Pharmaceutical Leadership Development Program (PLDP) launched in South Africa in 2011 with the aim of strengthening leadership, management and governance skills for pharmacists and pharmacy managers. The PLDP is offered through the USAID funded Systems for Improved Access to Pharmaceuticals and Services (SIAPS) project. SIAPS leveraged […]

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Namibia’s First School of Pharmacy: From Creation to Graduation

On April 24, 2015, the first class of students graduated from the B.Pharm program at the University of Namibia (UNAM)–the first and only pharmacy degree program in the country. With the help of the USAID-funded SIAPS program, the Namibian Ministry of Health and Human Services was able to conceive, establish, and encourage enrollment in the B.Pharm […]

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World TB Day 2015

In spite of being both preventable and curable, tuberculosis (TB) remains a major global health threat. Second only to HIV/AIDS in terms of deaths caused by a single pathogen, TB killed nearly 17% of the 9 million people infected by the disease in 2013. While effective interventions led to a decrease in TB cases in […]

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Auditable Pharmaceutical Transactions and Services (APTS) Selected as Key Priority for Ethiopia’s Ministry of Health

This year’s National Annual Review led by Ethiopia’s Ministry of Health (MoH) brought together more than 850 health professionals from across the country to discuss the way forward  in public health for the coming year.  The MoH identified eight priority areas, one of them being SIAPS/Ethiopia’s transformative APTS system—the first time a pharmacy area was selected […]

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Enhancing Health Outcomes for Chronic Diseases in Resource-Limited Settings by Improving the Use of Medicines: The Role of Pharmaceutical Care

In low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), health systems have historically focused on the prevention and treatment of highly prevalent and frequently fatal acute infectious illnesses such as malaria, diarrhea, and respiratory infections. However, due to changes in health risks, LMIC are experiencing an increasing burden of chronic non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in addition to the existing […]

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Making Medicines Safe: Risk Reduction for Tuberculosis Treatment

All medicines carry some risk of adverse events; although certain risks are identified when medicines are tested during clinical trials, others aren’t recognized until after the medicine is on the market and has been used in “real world” settings. Adverse events not only endanger the health of patients, but if not well managed, they may […]

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