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Malaria PMI Quarterly Updates April-June 2015

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 1 malaria mortality rates fell by 47% globally, and by 54% in Africa between 2000 and 2013. During this period, an estimated 4.3 million malaria deaths were averted globally, primarily as a result of the scale-up of interventions. However, much remains to be done. Although 55 countries are on track to reduce their malaria case incidence rates by 75%, in line with the World Health Assembly and Roll Back Malaria (RBM) targets for 2015, these countries account for only 3% of all malaria cases.

Working closely with the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) in both Washington and PMI focus countries, the USAID-funded Systems for Improved Access to Pharmaceuticals and Services (SIAPS) Program aims to ensure the availability of quality pharmaceutical products and effective pharmaceutical services in support of PMI objectives. To this end, and based on the PMI’s priorities, SIAPS endeavors to: improve pharmaceutical governance; build capacity to manage malaria products while addressing the information needed for managing them; strengthen financing strategies and mechanisms to improve access to malaria medicines; and improve the quality of pharmaceutical services provided to malaria patients.

Areas supported by SIAPS include: training; quantification; strengthening supply chain systems, including logistics management information; community and malaria case management; rational use; and medication safety. SIAPS works to strengthen malaria pharmaceutical management at the national level in Angola, Burundi, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Ethiopia, Guinea, Mali, and South Sudan. In addition, SIAPS provides regional support in Latin America.

This report briefly describes the major activities that SIAPS conducted at the global level and in each of the countries and region mentioned above between April and June 2015.

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Technical Assistance to Strengthen the Angola Central Medical Warehouse System

The US Agency for International Development (USAID)-funded program, Systems for Improved Access to Pharmaceuticals and Services (SIAPS), implemented by Management Sciences for Health (MSH), has been providing technical assistance to the Angola Ministry of Health (MOH) to improve pharmaceutical management since 2011. An analysis of the Angolan public health supply chain system conducted in November/December 2012 found that the Central Procurement Agency for Medicines and Medical Supplies (Central de Compras de Medicamentos e Meios Medicos de Angola—CECOMA) needed to improve its warehouse management processes, update its procedures, review and improve its human resource capacity development strategies as well as develop and implement key performance indicators (KPI). The resulting report included short- and long-term recommendations and a high-level implementation plan.

The purpose of this activity was to design and implement warehouse operations system improvements for CECOMA, and to design and implement a human resource capability development and performance improvement (HRCD&PI) program based on the identified gaps.

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Malaria PMI Quarterly Updates October-December 2014

According to the 2013 World Malaria Report,1 malaria incidence was reduced by about 31% and mortality rates by 49%in the World Health Organization (WHO) African Region between 2000 and 2012. These substantial reductions occurred as a result of a major scale-up of vector control interventions, diagnostic testing, and treatment with artemisinin-based combination therapies (ACTs). However, much remains to be done. The disease still took an estimated 627,000 lives in 2012,2 mostly children under five years of age in Africa.

Working closely with the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) both in Washington and in PMI focus countries, the Systems for Improved Access to Pharmaceuticals and Services (SIAPS) Program aims to ensure the availability of quality pharmaceutical products and effective pharmaceutical services in support of PMI objectives. To this end, and based on PMI’s malaria program priorities, SIAPS endeavors to improve pharmaceutical governance, build capacity to manage malaria products while addressing the information needed for managing them, strengthen financing strategies and mechanisms to improve access to malaria medicines, and improve the quality of pharmaceutical services provided to malaria patients.

This report briefly describes the major activities that SIAPS conducted at the global level and in each of the above mentioned countries and regions between September and December 2014.

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Angola: Better Patient Data, Better Supply Chain, Better Treatment Outcomes

The Problem In 2009, with the arrival of antiretroviral drugs (ARVs) c in Africa under the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), Angolans living with HIV were given a lifeline for living longer, healthier, and more productive lives. As of 2012, there were a quarter of a million people in Angola living with HIV.  […]

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SIAPS Angola Poster PEPFAR Meeting

SIAPS Angola FY13 planned activities to improve availability of quality products and effective pharmaceutical service delivery for better health outcomes in HIV treatment and care

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Malaria Quarterly Updates January–March 2014

This report briefly describes the major activities that SIAPS conducted at the global level and in Angola, Burundi, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Ethiopia, Guinea, Mali, and South Sudan between January and March 2014.

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Malaria Quarterly Updates October-December 2013

This report briefly describes the major activities that SIAPS carried out at the global level and in Angola, Burundi, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Ethiopia, Guinea, Mali, and South Sudan between October and December 2013.

 

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Malaria Quarterly Updates July-September 2013

This report briefly describes the major activities that SIAPS carried out at the global level as well as in Angola, Burundi, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Ethiopia, Guinea, Liberia, Mali, and South Sudan between July and September 2013.

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Assessment of the Medicines Regulatory System in Angola: Report

The Ministry of Health (Ministério da Saúde; MINSA)’s National Directorate of Medicines and Equipment (Direccao Nacional de Medicamentos e Equipamentos; DNME) is responsible for regulating medicines and other pharmaceutical products in Angola in collaboration with the Inspectorate General of Health (Inspecção-Geral da Saúde; IGS). Preliminary reports indicated that the regulatory system was not fully functional or operating effectively and thus needed assistance.

As a first step toward providing technical support and identifying additional sources of assistance to strengthen the regulatory system, the USAID-funded Systems for Improved Access to Pharmaceuticals and Services (SIAPS) Program, which has been providing support to the DNME since 2005 in pharmaceutical management, particularly supply chain management, conducted an assessment of the system and DNME’s capacity to implement it.

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Malaria Quarterly Updates January-March 2013

This report briefly describes the major activities that SIAPS carried out at the global level as well as in Angola, Burundi, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Guinea, Liberia, Mali, and South Sudan between January and March 2013.

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