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Toward Building Resilient Pharmaceutical Systems: SIAPS Final Report

SIAPS final report showcases achievements across 46 countries. Interventions are described by intermediate results and health areas and demonstrate how SIAPS successfully worked with a range of stakeholders, including Ministries of Health, to bolster pharmaceutical systems and address country-specific needs.

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Implementing a Dashboard for Pharmaceutical Information in Namibia

SIAPS supported the MoHSS to design and implement a web-based electronic information system (dashboard) for both patient and stock status in Namibia. It was designed to improve coordination among facility, district, regional, and national stakeholders involved in HIV commodity management; increase the use of pharmaceutical information for management decision making at all levels of health care; and improve planning for financial resources for pharmaceutical commodities. The dashboard comprises a module for monitoring 22 pharmaceutical services delivery indicators, a module that summarizes the number of people accessing ART services, and an early warning system against stock-outs of antiretrovirals (ARVs) and other essential medicines.

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SIAPS/Namibia Presents New Community-Based Antiretroviral Dispensing Services to the USAID Director for Southern Africa

The SIAPS team in Namibia joined other PEPFAR-implementing partners for the orientation of USAID’s newly appointed Director for Southern Africa, Mr. John Groarke. On September 27-28, 2017, Mr. Groake visited health facilities in the Omusati and Oshana regions in the North Central part of Namibia where he received updates on the progress of the community-based […]

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Using the Electronic Dispensing Tool to Retain Patients on Antiretroviral Therapy in Namibia

Compiled by Wezi Tjaronda (SIAPS), Samson Mwinga (SIAPS), Harriet Kagoya (SIAPS), and Greatjoy Mazibuko (SIAPS) At the Kaisosi settlement in Rundu, Namibia, antiretroviral therapy (ART) patients who were once lost to follow up (LTFU) are returning for care. One of these patients, Domingos Christophine*, a 39-year-old single mother, began ART at the Kuisebmund clinic in […]

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Using Electronic Pharmacy Dispensing Data for Surveillance of Outpatient Antibiotic Consumption and Monitoring of Antibiotic Prescribing Practices at District and Provincial Hospitals in the South African Public Sector

The primary aim of this study was to assess the feasibility of using electronic pharmacy dispensing data extracted from RxSolution® for the surveillance of outpatient (ambulatory) antibiotic consumption and monitor antibiotic prescribing practices at district and provincial hospitals in public health facilities in North West Province, South Africa, between April 2013 and March 2015. This was an exploratory project to develop hypotheses on the volume of antibiotics used and prescribing patterns.

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EDT Simplifies the Management of Pharmacy Appointments for Patients on Antiretroviral Therapy

Efficiently managing pharmacy appointments for large numbers of patients on antiretroviral therapy (ART) at public health facilities is challenging without a simple, computerized tool, such as the electronic dispensing tool (EDT). Download this article as a PDF At public health facilities in Namibia, pharmacy staff and nurses use the EDT to manage the register of […]

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Strengthening Pharmaceutical Services Through Structured Supportive Supervision in Namibia

An assessment of Namibia’s pharmaceutical system conducted in 2009 identified a number of capacity building challenges to be addressed to improve pharmaceutical services. These challenges included shortages of key staff, unmanageable workloads, and inadequate storage space for medicines. In response, the Ministry of Health and Social Services (MOHSS) identified several key mechanisms to address these challenges and strengthen the pharmaceutical sector including improving the functionality of drugs and therapeutics committees (DTCs), expanding use of the Electronic Dispensing Tool (EDT) to track pharmaceutical products and patients, revising the current method of stock management, and harnessing data for decision making.

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March 2016 SIAPS/SCMS/BLC Newsletter

  • The Electronic Dispensing Tool Hastens ARV Dispensing in Namibia’s Public Health Facilities: Mr. George Lukonga’s Experience
  • EDT in a Nutshell
  • Capacitating Pharmacist Assistant Students in Using the EDT to Manage Stock of ARV Medicines and Dispense to ART Patients
  • Improving Access to and the Availability of Essential Pharmaceutical Supplies for Health Extension Work in Namibia
  • Training and Mentoring Improves the Efficiency of the Rundu Regional Medical Depot in Namibia
  • Improving Inventory Management Skills of Nurses for Decentralized ART Service Delivery: The Case of Roshpinah Clinic
  • SIAPS Assists Namibia’s School of Pharmacy to Introduce Pre-service Medicines Regulation Training
  • Routine Use of the Standard Pharmaceutical Order Book in Primary Healthcare Facilities of Kunene Region Leads to Improved Inventory Control
  • Practical Training and on-thejob Support Improves ART Pharmaceutical Service Delivery in Namibia: Experiences of a Pharmacist Assistant at the Karasburg District Hospital
  • Maintaining High Quality Pharmaceutical Standards in ART Service Delivery
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April 2015 SIAPS/SCMS/BLC Newsletter

In this issue:

  • Piloting Mobile Phone Messaging Services to Enhance Patient Adherence to Antiretroviral Treatment
  • Information on Antiretroviral and Other Medicines Registered in Namibia Now Available on a Web-based Platform
  • BLC Disburses a Capacity Development Grant to Tonata to Improve Service Delivery by the Network of PLHIV in Namibia
  • Synergy with UNAM’s School of Medicine in Building Local Expertise for Preventing Antimicrobial Resistance
  • First Class of Pharmacists Graduates from the SIAPS-supported School of Pharmacy in Namibia
  • Inaugural Pharmacist Assistant Forum: A New Platform for Disseminating Pharmaceutical Services Information for Decision-making in Namibia
  • Effective Global Fund Grant Management for Improved HIV/AIDS Service Delivery
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February 2015 SIAPS/SCMS/BLC Newsletter

In this issue:

  • Namibia transitions to a once-a-day antiretroviral pill
  • Pharmaceutical human resources development for the sustained provision of quality antiretroviral treatment at health facilities in Namibia
  • Developing caregiver skills for the improved care and support of orphans and vulnerable children (OVC)
  • Monitoring site-level trends in HIV Drug Resistance Early Warning Indicators among children on treatment
  • SIAPS and SCMS participate in joint pharmaceutical management supportive supervision visits of ART sites
  • ART site improvement through monitoring system (SIMS) assessment in the Kavango and Zambezi Regions
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