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What Gets Defined, Gets Measured: A Definition and Framework for Pharmaceutical Systems Strengthening

A presentation by Helena Walkowiak, Principal Technical Advisor for SIAPS, on December 6 2017.

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Pharmaceutical management considerations for expanded coverage of essential health services and financial protection programs

The UN adoption of the SDGs in 2015 signaled a strong commitment of member countries to the expanded access to essential health service agenda and definitively recognized the critical role of medicines in achieving UHC. The SDGs call for countries to “achieve universal health coverage, including financial risk protection, access to quality essential health care services and access to safe, effective, quality and affordable essential medicines and vaccines for all”. This paper seeks to highlight the key functional areas of pharmaceutical management, the critical components of the pharmaceutical system, and the management considerations needed to facilitate the attainment of UHC targets.

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Strengthening Registration and Quality Assurance Systems for Generic ARVs, Related Medicines, and Devices in Namibia

In Namibia, USAID has been providing funding for technical assistance in the areas of pharmaceutical management and systems strengthening since 2003. During this period, the Rational Pharmaceutical Management Plus (RPM Plus) and Strengthening Pharmaceutical Systems (SPS) programs were implemented. RPM Plus supported interventions that largely focused on strengthening systems for the antiretroviral therapy (ART) and prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV programs. SPS focused on strengthening systems based on World Health Organization (WHO) building blocks, increasing the number of pharmaceutical personnel available for service delivery, strengthening policy coordination, and improving the regulatory functions of the NMRC. SIAPS focuses on further strengthening of regulatory and management systems in the pharmaceutical sector under the governance and health systems strategic area to support HIV and AIDS and other public health services.

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Now available: “What Gets Defined, Gets Measured” Webinar Recording

On Wednesday, December 6, SIAPS presented its webinar “What Gets Defined, Gets Measured: Definitions and a Framework for Measuring Pharmaceutical Systems Strengthening.” This webinar defined the terms “pharmaceutical system” and “pharmaceutical systems strengthening” and discussed the identification and piloting of indicators for pharmaceutical systems strengthening and the rationale for undertaking this work. Please find the […]

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Assessing Sub-National Procurement Practices of Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health Commodities in Kenya

The SIAPS Program works at both the global and country levels to improve pharmaceutical management systems that increase access to quality medicines. SIAPS has developed a methodology to assess sub-national procurement practices. This methodology was used in Kenya to assess county-level procurement practices for essential maternal, newborn, and child health (MNCH) commodities and to study the availability of essential MNCH commodities. The information gathered was used to generate recommendations to strengthen local procurement practices and overall procurement strategies.

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Special preview: A new tool to measure pharmaceutical systems strengthening

By Helena Walkowiak and Maura Soucy Brown In SIAPS’ upcoming webinar on defining and measuring pharmaceutical systems strengthening (PSS), we’ll talk briefly about the development of a new tool that SIAPS and its partners are piloting. It’s intended to help the field measure the impact of PSS efforts. Some background on this activity: SIAPS has […]

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SIAPS Annual Report: Program Year 6

To learn more about SIAPS program activities worldwide, please read our annual report for program year 6.

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What Gets Defined, Gets Measured: Definitions and a Framework for Measuring Pharmaceutical Systems Strengthening

SIAPS is presenting its webinar “What Gets Defined, Gets Measured: Definitions and a Framework for Measuring Pharmaceutical Systems Strengthening” on Wednesday, December 6, at 8:00 am EST. Although a variety of tools are available to measure different elements of pharmaceutical systems, few attempts have been made to conceptualize a “pharmaceutical system” as an entity and […]

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SIAPS Namibia provides technical assistance to revise the National Medicines Policy

SIAPS Namibia staff helped the Pharmaceutical Services Division of the Ministry of Health and Social Services (MOHSS) of Namibia to revise the National Medicines Policy (NMP). The NMP, launched in 1998 and revised in 2012, provides guidelines and development objectives for the country’s pharmaceutical sectors.[1] It provides the framework within which pharmaceutical sector priorities are […]

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Strengthening Governance in Procurement in Bangladesh

Despite being one of the most densely populated countries in the world, the overall health in Bangladesh has steadily improved over the last 30 years. While the Government of Bangladesh’s efforts have resulted in impressive gains in public health, weaknesses in pharmaceutical management, including logistics and supplies, infrastructure, and the low performance of health care providers, remain obstacles to obtaining access to efficacious medicines and quality health services, particularly for the poor. SIAPS has been working closely with the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MOHFW) since 2011 to implement a series of systems strengthening interventions to support the government’s health objectives. Using a systems-based approach, SIAPS catalyzes effective leadership, good governance, and evidence-based decision making to strengthen procurement and supply chain systems.

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