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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Establishing Pooled Procurement Systems among Faith-Based Organizations: A Guidance Document for Successful Implementation
Systems thinking is now a widely accepted concept in global health. Governments, donors, and other actors in global health recognize that guaranteeing the availability of medicines is a necessary, but insufficient component to improving health outcomes. Rather, medicines availability must be bolstered by other components, such as ensuring that quality medicines are available and prescribed and dispensed appropriately by health care workers; patients must also use medicines properly. In order to achieve improvements in health for their populations and address health inequities, governments and donors must invest in strengthening health systems. A health system depends on its subcomponent, a pharmaceutical system, for the continuous availability of safe, effective, and affordable essential medicines and other health technologies of assured quality to deliver effective health interventions that improve health outcomes. This is in alignment with USAID’s Vision for Health Systems Strengthening (2015-2019). To this end, the USAID-funded Systems for Improved Access to Pharmaceuticals and Services (SIAPS) Program focuses on achieving positive health outcomes by assuring the availability of quality pharmaceutical products and effective pharmaceutical services.
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 […]
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.
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 […]