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Regulatory Approval of TDF/FTC Boosts Namibia’s Campaign to end the HIV Epidemic

The approval of TDF/FTC (trade name Truvada®) by the Namibian Medicines Regulatory Council (NMRC) on May 11, 2017, brings renewed hope for achieving an AIDS-free generation in Namibia. The availability and use of TDF/FTC for pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for adults at high risk of sexually acquired HIV-1 in Namibia could significantly reduce the emergence of […]

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New Pharmacy Assistants Help Narrow the ART Dispensing Gap in Namibia

On June 1, 2017, 38 new pharmacy assistants (PAs) graduated from Namibia’s National Health Training Center (NHTC). At the graduation ceremony, Dr. Andreas Mwoombola, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Health and Social Services (MOHSS), encouraged the graduates to prioritize the health of their communities and to serve those communities with dignity. He decried […]

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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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Sustaining Ukraine’s progress in fighting TB

Tuberculosis, which is the leading cause of death among infectious diseases in Ukraine, is especially dangerous due to the high estimated number of patients with multidrug-resistant TB. Since its implementation in 2008, e-TB Manager, a digital case management tool, has shown strong results: 81% of users, including doctors, nurses, and laboratory professionals, agree that it […]

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SIAPS Trains Disaster Relief Workers Addressing Syria Crisis

SIAPS held two consecutive one-week training sessions from May 6 to 18 in Amman, Jordan, to help aid organizations providing disaster relief in Syria, Iraq, Turkey, and Yemen. The trainings aimed to help attendees hone their pharmaceutical supply chain management skills as they assisted internally displaced persons from Syria and Yemen. Forty-nine participants traveled from […]

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Pharmadex Launched in Bangladesh

On May 17, 2017, the Honorable Minister Mohammad Nasim, Member of Parliament (MP), Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MOHFW), officially launched Pharmadex in Bangladesh. Pharamdex (http://pharmadexbd.org/) is a web-based integrated information system that facilitates the submission, review, and evaluation of medicine registration applications and dossiers on the basis of international standards and formats. Minister […]

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e-TB Manager: Nine country user experience analysis shows positive results

The International Journal of Medical Informatics recently published the results of a user experience analysis that SIAPS led on e-TB Manager, a digital health tool used to manage TB patients. Using quantitative methods, SIAPS staff analyzed user experiences in nine diverse country health systems that cumulatively bear nearly one-third of the world’s TB burden. The study compared […]

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SIAPS Co-organizes D4D Conference in Dhaka

SIAPS was a co-organizer of the International Conference on Data for Decision (D4D) in Health in Dhaka, Bangladesh, hosted by the country’s Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS). The conference, which took place April 1–3, 2017, laid out priority actions and targets to strengthen country data and accountability systems. WHO and USAID also co-organized the […]

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SIAPS closes in Ethiopia

On 17 March 2017, SIAPS Ethiopia held a closing ceremony in Addis Ababa. Guests from partner government and non-government organizations, USAID, universities and health facilities were present at the event and expressed their appreciation for the systems strengthening work SIAPS has done in Ethiopia. SIAPS has been in Ethiopia for the last five years working […]

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SIAPS launches four hospital DTCs in Sierra Leone

The USAID-funded SIAPS Program expanded its ongoing pharmaceutical sector strengthening interventions in Sierra Leone to include Drug and Therapeutics Committees (DTCs). DTCs were officially launched in the Connaught, Ola During Children’s, Makeni Government, and PCM hospitals at an event in March 2017 in Freetown. An additional 20 hospitals throughout the country are scheduled to implement […]

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