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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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Establishing Pooled Procurement Systems among Faith-Based Organizations: A Guidance Document for Successful Implementation

Faith-based organizations play a vital role in many developing countries in ensuring access to essential medicines and delivering health services to patients. This is particularly the case in rural areas, where public health facilities do not exist or are inadequate. However, many faith-based organizations face challenges with providing a continuous supply and reliable availability of essential medicines. The influx of poor-quality (counterfeit) medicines on the African continent is also a growing challenge. Furthermore, weak regulatory systems, poor enforcement of regulatory laws, and challenges associated with procurement and distribution of medicines by faith-based organization in many countries have resulted in varying approaches and designs of procurement mechanisms in this sector that are inefficient and not cost-effective.

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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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New course on good governance in the management of medicines now available

From the development of sound policies and legislation, to the selection, procurement, and distribution of medicines; governance issues permeate all levels of the pharmaceutical sector and heavily influence the availability and accessibility of medicines and other health commodities. The USAID-funded SIAPS project is pleased to announce the launch of a new course on USAID’s Global Health […]

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Standard Operating Procedures Manual for the Provision of Clinical Pharmacy Services in Ethiopia

The direct involvement of pharmacists in patient care (clinical pharmacy services) is a key intervention to optimize the outcomes of medicine therapy, thereby improving the quality of patient care. The Pharmaceuticals Fund and Supply Agency (PFSA) has been collaborating in efforts to implement clinical pharmacy services in the Ethiopian health care system. As part of the efforts, the preparation of a guiding document to standardize clinical pharmacy services provided by health facilities was determined to be necessary.

This is the  first edition of the Standard Operating Procedures Manual for the Provision of Clinical Pharmacy Services in Ethiopia. This manual will contribute greatly to the standardization of the provision of clinical pharmacy services in the country.

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Creating Centers of Excellence in Ethiopia: Country Ownership and Sustainability

By Hailu Tadeg, SIAPS Country Project Director for Ethiopia Ethiopia’s public health system has undergone a remarkable expansion in the last five years.  The number of hospitals has increased from 116 in 2009 to 156 in 2014 with an additional 123 new hospitals  in the pipeline.  Additionally, the number of health centers has grown from […]

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