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SIAPS Angola Poster PEPFAR Meeting

SIAPS Angola FY13 planned activities to improve availability of quality products and effective pharmaceutical service delivery for better health outcomes in HIV treatment and care

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Gauteng Provincial Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee Biennial Report 1 April 2012- 31 March 2014

In South Africa, the provision of pharmaceutical services is guided by the National
Drug Policy (NDP), which was adopted in 1996. The health goal of the NDP is ―to
ensure the availability and accessibility of essential medicines to all citizens. Within a
resource-constrained environment, irrational medicine use has the potential to
compromise available health care resources, hence posing a serious threat to the
functioning of the health system. The development and use of national essential
medicines lists (EMLs) as well as the establishment of pharmaceutical and
therapeutics committees (PTCs) have been identified as key interventions to
promote rational medicine use (RMU).

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Medicine Dossier Evaluation, Good Manufacturing Practices, Quality Control, and Good Distribution Practices Training, Namibia

The goal of the workshop was to build capacity and enlarge the pool of technical personnel—including NMRC technical staff, MoHSS pharmacists, lecturers at the University of Namibia (UNAM) School of Pharmacy, and pharmacists from the private sector—who have expertise in medicine dossier review practices including the globally accepted common technical documents (CTD) format and other regulatory aspects of Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) and Good Distribution Practices (GDP) to ensure patient safety of medicines approved for sale in Namibia.

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Assessment of Compliance of Outpatient Prescribing with the Namibia Standard Treatment Guidelines in Public Sector Health Facilities

The Ministry of Health and Social Services (MoHSS), in partnership with the Systems for Improved Access to Pharmaceuticals and Services (SIAPS) Program, funded by the US Agency for International Development (USAID) and implemented by Management Sciences for Health (MSH), conducted an assessment of compliance of prescribers with the Namibia Standard Treatment Guidelines (STG) and changes in prescribing practices for selected conditions. The first comprehensive Namibia STGs were launched and distributed to all health facilities in the country in 2011. The main objectives of the assessment were to determine the extent of compliance of prescribers with the STGs, and to compare prescribing practices before and after the roll out of the STGs. The assessment also aimed to explore factors associated with compliance and to find out what activities were implemented in health facilities and regions to promote compliance with the STGs.


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Ethiopia Standard Treatment Guidelines

In a healthcare system where multiple treatment options are available, the development and implementation of standard treatment guidelines (STGs) is a crucial strategy for ensuring effective and safe use of medicines, containing health care costs, and preventing antimicrobial resistance. STGs promote therapeutically effective and economic use of medicines at different levels of health facilities, as they give clear guidance and recommendations about the treatment and management of each clinical condition. When properly developed and implemented, treatment guidelines enhance rational medicine use and improve the quality of care. These guidelines provide up-to-date information relevant to the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of common diseases in Ethiopia which helps to achieve provision of quality care to patients.

These STGs provide greater consistency and standards of care, improve diagnostic accuracy, promote effective and safe use of medicines, and serve as a basis for improving treatment outcomes. It is also important to supply chain managers in improving the predictability of demand, and providing a standardized basis for forecasting, ordering, and purchasing of medicines.

This 3rd edition includes a package of evidence based information on diseases conditions, clinical features, methods of investigations, treatment options and referrals to the next level of care. Special emphasis is given to primary health care so as to address important public health needs in the country.

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Video: Meet Chinwe Owunna

Reposted from Chinwe Owunna of Management Sciences for Health (MSH) describes the active surveillance approach used by the US Agency for International Development (USAID)-funded Systems for Improved Access to Pharmaceuticals and Services (SIAPS) Program in Swaziland to increase understanding of medicines safety and risk/benefit context for TB and HIV patients. Watch video More about SIAPS

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June 2014 SIAPS/SCMS/BLC Newsletter

In this issue:

Partnering to Strengthen MoHSS Capacity for Planning, Deployment, Training and Retention of the Public Health Supply Chain Workforce, Enhancing Institutional Capacity for Sustainable Training of Competent Pharmacy Assistants in Namibia, CAFO Completes Assessment of Care and Educational Standard in 131 ECD Centers, Expanding Local Capacity for Improved Medicines Registration in Namibia, Prescribers’ Compliance with Namibia STGs – Findings, Recommendations and Actions from a Post Implementation Assessment, Enhancing Knowledge and Skills of Healthcare Workers on Infection Prevention and Control Guideline in Namibia, Improved Pharmaceutical Inventory Management Practices in Selected Health Facilities Through On-job Training and Structured Mentoring

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April 2014 SIAPS/SCMS/BLC Newsletter

In this issue:

BLC Supports Evidence-Based Programming of the CAFO Capacity Building Interventions, Guiding Procurement and Prescribing of ARVs and other Medicines using the NEMLIST, Namibia launches the New Progressive ART Guidelines, Equipping Public Health Supply Chain Managers with Leadership and Management Skills, Streamlining the Regulation of Pharmacy Personnel in Namibia, Improving Adherence to ARV Medicines in Namibia, Strengthening Infection Control Committees at Different Levels of the Health System in Namibia, Motivating Pioneer Pharmacy Students towards Future Role in Delivery of ART and other Pharmaceutical Services

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Standard Treatment Guidelines and Essential Medicines Lists

Standard Treatment Guidelines  Standard treatment guidelines (STGs) outline the recommended treatment options for a specific disease or medical condition (e.g., HIV and AIDS) or a range of medical conditions. Along with essential medicines lists (EMLs) and formularies, STGs help promote rational medicine use. Developed in close collaboration with end users through a consultative and consensus-building […]

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Revising Preservice Curriculum to Incorporate Rational Medicine Use Topics: A Guide


The purpose of this document is to guide stakeholders, such as faculty and staff in the fields of medicine, pharmacy, nursing, and public health, through the process of integrating RMU-related content into their preservice training curricula for medical, nursing, pharmacy, or public health students.

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