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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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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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Developing and Implementing a Nationwide Electronic Pharmacy Dispensing System in Low-Resource Settings: The Electronic Dispensing Tool in Namibia’s ART Program

In 2004 the MSH-implemented RPM Plus Program supported the MoHSS in carrying out a baseline assessment of pharmaceutical management information and monitoring systems in Namibia. The key objective of this assessment was to determine “the capacity of the local government to meet medicine and other health commodity needs in support of the launch and establishment of the national prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) and PMTCT-Plus programs.”

From the challenges identified in the baseline assessment, an urgent need was evident to develop an information system that will ensure uninterrupted access to ARVs to a growing population of patients on ART in Namibia.

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Strengthening the Nevirapine Safety Signal by Using the Electronic Dispensing Tool in Namibia

The primary objective of this signal strengthening activity was to estimate the frequency of substitution of NVP with a protease inhibitor (PI) during the period 2008 to 2011 and to determine if any increase detected was statistically significant.

The incidence of NVP-related reactions of grade 3 and 4 increased with the implementation of Namibia’s 2010 ART Guidelines. The NVP safety signal of increased reports of grade 3 and 4 reactions was indeed a true signal. It is possible that initiating NVP-containing ART in women with high baseline CD4 counts, that is >250 cells/mm3, was the cause for the increase in the incidence of NVP-related grade 3 and 4 reactions. Therefore, the national HIV programme needs to review the use of NVP.

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A Phone Call for Health: Improving Patient Care and Adherence to Treatment in Ethiopia

The SIAPS Ethiopia Team Alongside a road in a remote area of the Amhara Region, Solomon Dawit, a truck driver from the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa, sits waiting for a ride to the nearest town. He has two big problems: his truck has broken down and he didn’t know how long it would take […]

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