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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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Improving Storage Conditions through De-Junking at County Health Department Medical Stores in South Sudan

SIAPS provided technical and financial support for the de-junking of CHD medical stores in the sixteen counties of the two states. The exercise was completed over a period of one and a half years. CHD de-junking committees were formed to oversee the process. The committees were inclusive, comprising State Ministry of Health (SMOH) officers, county health department officers, public health officers, partner agencies, and security organizations. These committees were authorized by the Director Generals of the SMOH to be in charge and execute this exercise on their behalf.

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Guidelines for Redistribution of Excess and Near-Expiry Essential Medicines between Public Health Facilities in South Sudan

The increased shortages and stock-out of essential medicines have raised the need to understand the causes of medicine expiries and subsequently develop strategies for their prevention and management.The MOH has developed this document to empower health workers at all levels to redistribute medicines and supplies that are not needed or are about to expire. Therefore, the procedures presented in this document should be used as a guideline to manage and execute the redistribution of essential medicines by technical staff and health managers at health facilities and program levels.

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Report on Strengthening the Warehouse Management System for the Pharmacie Populaire du Mali

PPM is a strategic health commodities supply chain entity for the government of Mali. It operates under a performance contract with the government that is renewable every three years. The performance contract expects PPM to offer public health facilities and programs the best possible service level in terms of product availability and quality service.

Since its inception, PPM has strived to offer the best possible supply chain services, particularly procurement and distribution of health commodities, to its clients. However, while providing services, PPM has experienced a number of challenges, such as a low service level for essential health commodities, inadequate funding, and inadequate HR capacity in terms of both numbers and skills.

With an understanding of the challenges and in response to various assessments, reviews, and recommendations from stakeholders, PPM asked for technical assistance from the USAID- funded SIAPS Program to guide the best strategies to improve and strengthen PPM’s supply chain and SOPs. In response, SIAPS conducted an in-depth analysis of the current PPM operations and identified issues to be addressed, with a focus on the entire PPM supply chain system rather than just one or two areas of intervention. Among the areas assessed was the PPM MIS.

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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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OSPSANTE: A New Tool for Tracking Health Commodities in Mali

In Mali, major weaknesses in the pharmaceutical sector include the lack of availability of regular, reliable pharmaceutical management information for decision-making and an inadequate and fragmented logistics system that fails to take the community level into account when planning for inventory management. As a result, stock-outs of lifesaving commodities are frequent at all health service delivery […]

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Warehousing and Distribution

Access to essential medicines and other health technologies to treat life-threatening illnesses have helped millions of people lead long and productive lives. However, global availability does not necessarily translate into equitable access to lifesaving health products in low- and middle-income countries. Ensuring that the right medicines and health supplies are available at the right place, […]

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Creating Order from Disorder: De-junking Pharmaceutical Stores in South Sudan

Many health facilities and county-level stores in South Sudan are practically overflowing with medicines. For a young country plagued by political instability and insufficient health care infrastructure, an abundance of medical supplies may seem to be an advantage. Instead, the situation holds the potential for a public health catastrophe:  many of these medicines are expired […]

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Quantification of HIV and AIDS Commodities for April 2014 through March 2016, Swaziland

The Government of Swaziland (GoS) has made significant progress in addressing the HIV and AIDS epidemic through a series of strategic plans and frameworks. An important component of the plans and frameworks is the regular and systematic quantification of HIV and AIDS commodities to ensure the regular and uninterrupted supply of life-saving medicines.  This technical report details the quantification exercise carried out the government, which included antiretroviral medicines (ARVs) for antiretroviral therapy (ART), medicines for prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT), medicines for opportunistic infections (e.g., co-trimoxazole prophylaxis), medicines for isoniazid preventive therapy (IPT) such as isoniazid (INH), and medicines for Kaposi’s sarcoma.

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January 2014 Bangladesh Newsletter

In this issue:

National PV Program Launched, Workshop on Condemnation of Unusable and Obsolete Items, Workshop to Finalize the Procurement Operations Manual, Monthly DGFP Procurement Meeting, De-Junking of Obsolete Items from the Family Planning Central Warehouse, SIAPS Hands Over Stock Status Reporting System to the DGFP, SOPs for Supply Chain Management of TB Drugs  and Supplies, Workshop to Develop a Standard Bidding Document, ADRM Cell Declared as the National Drug Monitoring Centre, Training on PV and Regulatory Systems for PV Focal Persons

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