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Leadership Development Program Training to Strengthen Pharmaceutical Management in Sierra Leone

In May 2017, SIAPS held a Leadership Development Program (LDP) training to build the capacity of the Directorate of Drugs and Medical Supplies (DDMS), district and hospital pharmacists, and SIAPS field staff. It was the first such training in the country.  The program aims to train pharmacists on basic principles and practices of good leadership, management, and governance to help them identify challenges like system and budget constraints—and to lead their teams in handling them with maximum efficiency, collaboration, and transparency. Another training goal is to help pharmaceutical managers optimize the SIAPS-supported Continuous Results Monitoring and Support System (CRMS), which has been implemented nationwide. The training created a pool of local LDP facilitators who can extend their knowledge to other DDMS staff and to pharmacists throughout all 13 districts in Sierra Leone.

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A Guide for the Establishment of a Barangay Health Management Council

The concept of a Barangay Health Management Council (BHMC) was developed by a working group comprising technical advisors from SIAPS and health staff from the Quezon City Health Department in late 2011. The BHMC initiative aims to strengthen the delivery of services under the national tuberculosis (TB) control program (NTP) in poor urban communities. This document was developed as a quick reference for those who plan to establish BHMCs. The contents of this guide are based on the insights and experiences of the people involved in the implementation of the BHMC initiative in Quezon City from 2012 to 2016. Described here are the practical steps for establishing, operationalizing, and sustaining a BHMC.

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EML Harmonization Process in Ukraine

The availability of a unified essential medicines list (EML) with evidence-based clinical efficacy to be used by the Ministry of Health (MOH) for the state-guaranteed package of services is an essential part of the successful launch of the health care reform initiative in Ukraine. This required the development and institutionalization of a process to ensure sustainability into the future rather than a one-off list of essential medicines. The main task of SIAPS was the provision of technical assistance to the Government of Ukraine to solve the problem of medicines list harmonization, which was needed to review and update the NEML to be the sole list for procurement or reimbursement with public funds, and to develop legislative documentation to institutionalize the process. The work was performed in cooperation with the MOH and the State Expert Center.

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Square Hospital Limited: a Journey toward Medicine Safety in Bangladesh

As a pharmacist, Md. Jahidul Hasan has worked in several hospitals, but it was not until he joined Square Hospital Limited (SHL) that he learned about pharmacovigilance (PV). SHL is a 400-bed tertiary care private hospital in Dhaka, Bangladesh, that serves an average of 1,200 out-patients each day. The Directorate General of Drug Administration (DGDA), with technical assistance from SIAPS, officially launched Bangladesh’s national PV program in 2013. The DGDA first introduced the PV program at 20 private and public hospitals, including SHL, and 13 pharmaceutical companies. Since then, the DGDA and SIAPS have organized trainings for the PV focal persons in these hospitals and pharmaceutical companies to build their skills and knowledge on PV and increase adverse drug event (ADE) reporting.

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Rapport d’inventaire et de supervision des intrants Ebola en Guinée

Le Ministère de la santé guinéen a décidé d’élaborer un guide de renforcement de la surveillance en vue de consolider les acquis de la riposte contre d’éventuelles épidémies ainsi que la prise de mesures efficaces visant au relèvement du système de surveillance en Guinée. Outre les plans nationaux de distribution ordinaire élaborés, l’unité logistique, en collaboration avec ses partenaires, a élaboré un plan national de distribution d’urgence des intrants vers les structures périphériques en octobre 2015. Le plan a été validé et exécuté. Compte tenu des leçons tirées des précédentes opérations de distribution, il est important de faire suivre une supervision pour s’assurer de l’exécution correcte de l’opération.

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Supervision Formative Intégrée Dans les Directions Préfectorales de la Santé de Labé et de Mali

Pour lutter contre le paludisme, le Ministère de la Santé à travers le Programme national de lutte contre le paludisme (PNLP) a élaboré un plan stratégique national de troisième génération couvrant la période allant de 2013 à 2017. Il a été approuvé en février 2014 lors de la signature de l’aide-mémoire de la revue de performance du PNLP. Pour réaliser cet important volet du PSN, le PNLP, en collaboration avec ses partenaires, a élaboré en octobre 2014 et amendé en 2016 une grille nationale de supervision formative intégrée. C’est dans cette optique que s’inscrit cette supervision formative intégrée dans les directions préfectorales de la santé de Labé et de Mali du 5 au 14 août 2016, qui doit déboucher sur l’élaboration des plans de résolution des problèmes identifiés au niveau des structures.

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Dissemination of DGDA’s five-year strategic plan in Bangladesh

On June 8, 2017, SIAPS disseminated the Directorate General of Drug Administration’s (DGDA) five-year Strategic Plan (2017-2021) in the presence of the Honorable Major General Mohammad Mustafizur Rahman, Director General of DGDA. The dissemination of this plan is the result of a year-long process. In March 2016, WHO engaged with various stakeholders (SIAPS, USAID, the […]

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Introduction of an Electronic Asset Management System in Bangladesh Health Systems: Completion of the Tool Pilot in Moulvibazar District Hospital

In Bangladesh, the government health facilities face a wide variety of health-related challenges and the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MOHFW) must have reliable and timely data on the performances of different parts of the health system to plan, implement, and measure health interventions. Even though the MOHFW procures a large number of medical and non-medical equipment, including IT equipment, there is no systematic process of deploying, operating, maintaining, upgrading, and disposing of those assets cost-effectively. This major part of the public-sector health investment was not addressed in previous health sector programs. The MOHFW worked together with SIAPS in 2016 to address the gap in systematic procedures.  They developed and piloted an electronic Asset Management System (AMS) in the 250-bed Moulvibazar District Hospital (MDH) to manage assets in different facilities from registering stage to decommissioning.

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Implementing an TB/HIV Active Surveillance System in Swaziland

SIAPS supported the Swaziland Ministry of Health (MOH) in mobilizing key stakeholders from the Swaziland National AIDS Program and the National Tuberculosis Control Program to introduce and implement an active surveillance system for patients on ARVs and anti-TB treatment. SIAPS provided technical assistance to MOH’s National Pharmacovigilance Unit (NPVU) to develop the protocol and tools to implement the system, as well as to develop a system for recruiting patients at the HIV and TB sites.

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Improving patient safety and building stronger health systems in Georgia

TB patients on second-line treatment experience a significant number of adverse effects. Some TB medicines result in adverse effects that, if not continuously monitored, can become serious and/or permanent and may hinder patient adherence to treatment. A number of other risk factors can also impact the safety of patients taking TB medicines, including drug interactions […]

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