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Practical Guide for the Quantification of Anti-TB Medicines: Guidelines for Quantification and Supply Planning for Procurement

This guide is intended to serve as a reference for national-level quanitification, forecasting, and supply planning to inform the procurement of anti-TB medicines in the Philippines. It provides practical guidance for program managers, technical staff, and other key personnel, outlining common considerations and best practices for quantification, and highlighting different methods. It also includes specific guidance for the collection, review, and analysis of data, as well as for building forecast assumptions. To aid in completing quantification exercises, this guide also includes instructions for using QuanTB—an electronic quantification and early warning system designed by SIAPS to improve procurement processes, ordering, and supply planning for TB treatment.

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SIAPS Trains Health Staff in Ethiopia to Use QuanTB to Manage TB Medicines

By Kelly Sawyer, Technical Associate – TB The SIAPS program, in collaboration with the Challenge TB project in Ethiopia, organized a national forecasting and quantification training on the QuanTB tool in September in Bishoftu town, Ethiopia. QuanTB, which SIAPS developed in 2013, is a downloadable electronic tool designed to improve Tuberculosis (TB) medicines procurement processes, ordering […]

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Launch of QuanTB 3.0

The USAID-funded Systems for Improved Access to Pharmaceuticals and Services (SIAPS) program is excited to announce the launch of a new version of the QuanTB tool, version 3.0. QuanTB is a downloadable electronic forecasting, quantification, and early warning tool designed to improve procurement processes, ordering, and planning for TB treatment. QuanTB transforms complicated calculations into […]

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Join SIAPS at #WCLH2015

This week, SIAPS joins delegates from all over the globe for the 46th Union World Conference on Lung Health (#WCLH2015), in Cape Town, South Africa. At this year’s conference, SIAPS staff will present at several sessions focusing on how strong pharmaceutical systems support efforts to end TB including increasing access to TB medicines, expanding pharmacovigilance systems, […]

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Nationwide roll-out of QuanTB in Uzbekistan

In September 2015, USAID’s Systems for Improved Access to Pharmaceuticals and Services (SIAPS) helped the Uzbek Ministry of Health (MOH) successfully complete a nationwide roll-out of QuanTB, a tuberculosis (TB) quantification tool. QuanTB is a downloadable desktop tool that transforms complicated calculations into a user-friendly dashboard displaying key information for managing medicines.  By serving as […]

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QuanTB to be presented at the 5th Union Conference for the Asia Pacific Region

SIAPS Program’s QuanTB software will be presented on August 31 as part of the 5th regional Conference of The Asia Pacific Region of the International Union Against TB & Lung Disease in Sydney, Australia. It will be discussed during the Global Drug Facility session “Global Drug Facility as a global mechanism for sustainable access to quality assured MDR-TB medicines”. QuanTB is […]

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QuanTB 2.0 User Guides Now Available in French and Russian

The USAID-funded Systems for Improved Access to Pharmaceuticals and Services (SIAPS) program is excited to announce the launch of QuanTB 2.0 user guides in French and Russian. QuanTB is a downloadable electronic forecasting, quantification, and early warning tool designed to improve procurement processes, ordering, and planning for TB treatment. QuanTB transforms complicated calculations into a user-friendly […]

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July 2015 Bangladesh Newsletter

The overall goal of the SIAPS/Bangladesh program is to build the capacity of MOHFW and its key directorates—DGFP, DGHS, DGDA, and HED—and other indigenous institutions to efficiently and effectively manage their procurement and supply chain management activities. Special focus will be given to TB commodity management at all levels. Read about their progress toward this goal in their July 2015 newsletter.

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QuanTB User Guide

To promote a systems-strengthening approach to TB medicines management, the USAID-funded Systems for Improved Access to Pharmaceuticals and Services (SIAPS) Program developed QuanTB—a downloadable, desktop tool that transforms complicated calculations into a user-friendly dashboard displaying key quantification and supply planning information. By alerting users to risks of stock outs, QuanTB operates as an early warning mechanism.

QuanTB allows you to forecast needs of tuberculosis medicines and treatment regimens for any period of time. Forecasting can be done by:

  • The number of enrolled and expected cases per month or by percentage of use of each medicine
  • Either multi-drug or single-drug regimens

For cases currently on treatment, QuanTB takes into account the month when treatment was started and the duration of regimen. The system also takes into account the medicines currently in stock (stock on hand), and the medicines on order (stock on order) during the reference and the forecasting periods. This tool also allows you to project your future procurement and budget needs.

You may download the QuanTB software from http://siapsprogram.org/quantb/.

We would appreciate your testing of this tool under different scenarios and providing feedback, comments, and suggestions. Please send your comments to quantb@msh.org. You may also visit the QuanTB forum at http://mshforums.org/forums/forum/quantb/ for support.

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Initiation of the Pilot on Implementation of the Early Warning and Quantification System for Anti-TB Medicines in Uzbekistan

A comprehensive indicator-based assessment of the tuberculosis (TB) in pharmaceutical management system, which was conducted with SIAPS assistance in July-August of 2014, revealed crucial needs for strengthening the anti-TB medicines supply system in Uzbekistan through improved supply planning and implementation of an early warning mechanism in order to avoid problems with stocks-outs and expiration of medicines.

SIAPS worked with the National TB Pharmaceutical Management working group on setting up of the early warning and quantification system with the use of QuanTB, an electronic quantification and early warning system. It was decided that in the first quarter of 2015, the system will be piloted in 3 regions (Samarkand, Khorezm, and Fergana oblasts) and Tashkent City, which will be managed and coordinated by the central level.

On January 26-29, 2015 SIAPS team conducted a workshop with a goal to train the participants in piloting the system for early warning and quantification of anti-TB medicines. The workshop was conducted for 16 representatives of the National TB Pharmaceutical Management Working Group and TB pharmaceutical managers of 4 pilot areas. Countrywide rollout of the system is expected to start in June 2015, based on the experience from the pilot regions, which will be discussed during the post-pilot workshop in May, 2015.

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