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Community-based Group ARV Dispensing Improves ART Services in Namibia

The US Ambassador to Namibia, H.E. Thomas F. Daughton, launched CBART group ARV refills on June 1, 2017. These groups are implemented widely in Onandjokwe and other districts in northern Namibia, where the HIV burden is high. During the CBART group ARV refill initiative launch, the ambassador remarked “simple solutions = best solutions; bring the pharmacy to the people rather than sending people to the pharmacy”. Since then, SIAPS has been supporting Namibia’s Ministry of Health and Social Services (MoHSS) and partners to implement this initiative. The MoHSS, with support of partners, has decentralized ART services to achieve the ambitious UNAIDS 90-90-90 targets for ending the AIDS epidemic by 2020. Although Namibia faces a high HIV burden, with approximately 220,000 living with HIV, the MoHSS has successfully expanded its ART patient coverage to more than 80%. With more than 150,000 people receiving ART from public health facilities countrywide, the MoHSS is making efforts to ensure retention of ART clients on treatment to minimize the development of HIV drug resistance.

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Disposal Initiative Allows Bangladesh Hospital to Reclaim Space, Reduce Health Risks

In Bangladesh, the Ministry’s Procurement and Logistics Management Cell (PLMC) made an assessment of the status of medical equipment that was no longer usable and explored the logistics in health facilities across the country to accelerate the disposal process. The PLMC and SIAPS conducted seven divisional workshops on condemnation of medical and non-medical items for all district- and sub-district-level health managers under the MoHFW to share the assessment findings, the disposal process, and how that process could be improved for effective logistics management as part of a hospital management system.

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Amélioration de la disponibilité et de l’accessibilité des produits et médicaments essentiels par l’opérationnalisation d’un système d’information pour la gestion logistique en Guinée

Malgré d’importantes ressources financières consacrées par le Gouvernement et les partenaires au développement pour renforcer la chaîne d’approvisionnement des produits de santé, des insuffisances majeures entravent le fonctionnement effectif du système de logistique en Guinée. Le programme SIAPS travaille avec le ministère de la Santé pour l’amélioration du système d’information. Dans le souci de rendre disponibles les données logistiques de routine pour des décisions plus éclairées, la DNPM et SIAPS ont pris la décision au second semestre 2016, de redynamiser le système de logistique intégrée avant la fin de l’année 2017. Trois actions majeures ont été abordées, à savoir : la révision annuelle des procédures du Système de logistique intégrée, la mise en œuvre du Manuel de procédures à tous les niveaux de la pyramide sanitaire et la mise en place d’une Unité de gestion logistique pour les produits de santé.

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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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SMS Reminders Improve Patients’ Pharmacy Appointment-keeping for Antiretroviral Refills in Namibia

Patients on lifelong antiretroviral therapy (ART) may be at risk of forgetting their pharmacy appointments for antiretroviral (ARV) refills. The SMS-based ART pharmacy appointment and medication adherence reminder service provides automated text notifications to ART patients reminding them to pick up their ARV refills according to appointment dates made by pharmacy staff using the SIAPS-supported Electronic Dispensing Tool (EDT). The service was introduced in May 2015 at 10 public-sector ART sites in 6 of Namibia’s 14 regions.

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Sierra Leone Project Update: A Preliminary Response to Controlled Disposal of Expired Products

SIAPS joined those involved in supply chain management in Sierra Leone to collaborate on a plan to handle products for reverse logistics and proper disposal. The turnkey activity of segregating, sorting, documenting, packing and preparing for collection by the district medical stores is part of the technical assistance the SIAPS Project supports in the country; namely, establishing and using a Continuous Results Monitoring System (CRMS) in nearly all health facilities. The CRMS tracks a series of indicators for medicine availability and disease case management, including storage adequacy, overstocks of medicines, and expiry management.

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Changing Systems to Change Lives in Ethiopia: Aster’s Story

By Tsion Issayas, Communications Manager for SIAPS Ethiopia.  This post originally appeared on MSH’s website.    Aster Amanuel Desalegn lives in Debre Markos, 190 miles from the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa. She is a 70-year-old mother of four and grandmother of two. Her granddaughters, Emuye, 6, and Blen, 8, live with her. On a trip back […]

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Using OSPSANTE for the Improvement of Medicines Availability in Mali

Ensuring the availability and proper use of logistical information for decision-making is a major challenge for the Malian health system at both the regional and central levels. Until 2015, Mali was using a paper-based system to manually compile, analyze, and aggregate data. This increased the risk of errors and required significant time from health facility […]

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Increasing Local Capacity for Health Commodities Quantification in Swaziland

In Swaziland, the USAID-funded SIAPS Program has taken great strides in ensuring country ownership and sustainability of local technical assistance initiatives. Since 2012, SIAPS has supported quantification efforts in Swaziland, providing extensive support to the Ministry of Health (MoH) in conducting quantification exercises for antiretrovirals (ARVs), TB medicines, and sexual and reproductive health commodities to […]

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Framework Contracting in Ukraine: A Story of Success

In Ukraine in recent years, failed rounds of centralized public tenders for pharmaceuticals and blockage of public funds in antimonopoly litigations were regarded as a harbinger of the impending crisis in the public health sector. The Systems for Improved Access to Pharmaceuticals and Services (SIAPS) Program was requested to step in and provide technical assistance to improve the system of public pharmaceutical procurement and enhance the expertise of the selected regional health administrations and individual health care facilities. Framework contracting was viewed as the most effective procurement technique to ensure value for money in the contexts of decentralization and diverse regional specifics. SIAPS led the implementation of framework contracting into the oblast procurement practices in two oblasts, with the ultimate goal of bringing systemic changes into the national health procurement system.

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