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SIAPS Bangladesh Newsletter: January – June 2017

Inside this issue:

  • SIAPS Coorganizes D4D in Health Conference in Dhaka
  • Square Hospital Limited: A Journey Toward Medicine Safety in Bangladesh
  • 18th LCF Meeting Held
  • SIAPS Assists DGFP to Cope with Post-Fire Supply Management Challenges
  • DGDA’s GMP Inspection Capacity Strengthened
  • SIAPS Develops Interoperability between DHIS2 and e-TB Manager
  • Basic Logistics Management Capacity of DGHS Officials Enhanced
  • SIAPS Officially Hands Over SCMP to MOHFW
  • DGFP Officials’ Technical Capacity to Develop Quality Tender Documents Enhanced
  • Dissemination of DGDA’s Five-Year Strategic Plan in Bangladesh
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DHIS2 and e-TB Manager Interoperability: Creating a Stronger Digital Health System in Bangladesh

In 2015, at the request of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), SIAPS undertook a comprehensive mapping exercise of the existing HIS tools in the country to review their scopes and performances and explore opportunities to link the tools to improve efficiency.
The assessment included a deep dive into the DHIS2 platform to assess the system’s capacity, robustness, data security, and interoperability and strongly recommended that the country continue using DHIS2 for data aggregation, analysis, and reporting, with a caution that overload of individual patient data should be avoided. This recommendation triggered a thoughtful consideration to integrate the standalone e-TB Manager with DHIS2 so that patient summary data become available through DHIS2 for indicator reporting and decision making.

 

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Square Hospital Limited: a Journey toward Medicine Safety in Bangladesh

As a pharmacist, Md. Jahidul Hasan has worked in several hospitals, but it was not until he joined Square Hospital Limited (SHL) that he learned about pharmacovigilance (PV). SHL is a 400-bed tertiary care private hospital in Dhaka, Bangladesh, that serves an average of 1,200 out-patients each day. The Directorate General of Drug Administration (DGDA), with technical assistance from SIAPS, officially launched Bangladesh’s national PV program in 2013. The DGDA first introduced the PV program at 20 private and public hospitals, including SHL, and 13 pharmaceutical companies. Since then, the DGDA and SIAPS have organized trainings for the PV focal persons in these hospitals and pharmaceutical companies to build their skills and knowledge on PV and increase adverse drug event (ADE) reporting.

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Measurement of TB Indicators using e-TB Manager (TB Patient Management Information System)

This document offers a wide selection of indicators relevant to the TB program in Bangladesh. To calculate the TB indicators, this document is based on the nationally adopted, web-based e-TB Manager, which is being implemented by the National Tuberculosis Control Program (NTP) with technical assistance from SIAPS.

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Implementing QuanTB to Improve Forecasting, Supply Planning, and Early Warning Systems for TB Medicines: Bangladesh Report

The goal of this project was to conduct a review of SIAPS TB technical assistance and QuanTB implementation in Bangladesh. Specific objectives were to determine:

  • Key achievements or results of SIAPS QuanTB technical assistance in Bangladesh
  • Experiences and perspectives of the beneficiaries from the NTP
  • Challenges and lessons learned

This brief summarizes key aspects and results of the analysis for Bangladesh.

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Dissemination of DGDA’s five-year strategic plan in Bangladesh

On June 8, 2017, SIAPS disseminated the Directorate General of Drug Administration’s (DGDA) five-year Strategic Plan (2017-2021) in the presence of the Honorable Major General Mohammad Mustafizur Rahman, Director General of DGDA. The dissemination of this plan is the result of a year-long process. In March 2016, WHO engaged with various stakeholders (SIAPS, USAID, the […]

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Pharmadex Launched in Bangladesh

On May 17, 2017, the Honorable Minister Mohammad Nasim, Member of Parliament (MP), Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MOHFW), officially launched Pharmadex in Bangladesh. Pharamdex (http://pharmadexbd.org/) is a web-based integrated information system that facilitates the submission, review, and evaluation of medicine registration applications and dossiers on the basis of international standards and formats. Minister […]

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Introduction of an Electronic Asset Management System in Bangladesh Health Systems: Completion of the Tool Pilot in Moulvibazar District Hospital

In Bangladesh, the government health facilities face a wide variety of health-related challenges and the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MOHFW) must have reliable and timely data on the performances of different parts of the health system to plan, implement, and measure health interventions. Even though the MOHFW procures a large number of medical and non-medical equipment, including IT equipment, there is no systematic process of deploying, operating, maintaining, upgrading, and disposing of those assets cost-effectively. This major part of the public-sector health investment was not addressed in previous health sector programs. The MOHFW worked together with SIAPS in 2016 to address the gap in systematic procedures.  They developed and piloted an electronic Asset Management System (AMS) in the 250-bed Moulvibazar District Hospital (MDH) to manage assets in different facilities from registering stage to decommissioning.

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SIAPS Bangladesh Newsletter: October – December 2016

Inside this issue:

  • Bangladesh Health and Family Welfare Minister Officially Launches SDP Dashboard Module
  • CMSD’s Warehouse Operations Management Capacity Strengthened
  • Standardization of Medical Equipment Ensures Better Public Health Services
  • DGDA Extends Pharmacovigilance Program
  • NTP Officials’ Warehouse Inventory Management Capacity Enhanced through Training
  • Expansion of DGHS eLMIS to Improve Availability of MNCH Medicines
  • SIAPS Develops Manuals to Streamline Subnational Procurement Processes
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SIAPS Co-organizes D4D Conference in Dhaka

SIAPS was a co-organizer of the International Conference on Data for Decision (D4D) in Health in Dhaka, Bangladesh, hosted by the country’s Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS). The conference, which took place April 1–3, 2017, laid out priority actions and targets to strengthen country data and accountability systems. WHO and USAID also co-organized the […]

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