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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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Reducing Newborn and Child Deaths through Public-private Partnerships in Bangladesh

By Liza Talukder, Communications Technical Advisor and Dr. Seikh Asiruddin, Senior Technical Advisor for SIAPS Bangladesh.  This post originally appeared on MSH’s website.    Tama, a resident of Parokhali village in the Khulna district of Bangladesh, was devastated when her 15-day-old daughter was diagnosed with pneumonia-related complications and needed treatment, including immediate oxygen support. Following instructions from the […]

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Bangladesh Health and Family Welfare Minister Officially Launches SDP Dashboard Module

The Service Delivery Point (SDP) Dashboard Module of the Directorate General of Family Planning’s (DGFP) electronic Logistics Management Information System (eLMIS; was formally launched on November 30, 2016, at the Hotel Pan Pacific Sonargaon, Dhaka (the system was rolled out and has been used since June 2015). The Honorable Minister Mohammad Nasim, Member of […]

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Selected Review of Training Approaches in the SIAPS Program: Bangladesh and Ethiopia Country Reports

Between 2011 and 2015, the SIAPS Program has trained more than 38,000 people in 20 countries. To understand the training approaches used and the results of the training, the SIAPS Program performed a multi-country review of individual capacity-building approaches. The objective of this review is to summarize the types of training that have been used by the SIAPS Program and examine the effects of the training on individual capacity.  SIAPS Bangladesh and Ethiopia were selected for an in-depth review of SIAPS training activities.  In Bangladesh and Ethiopia, participatory training methods with post-training practices and supervisory support were found more helpful than others. Most respondents also identified improved staff knowledge, skills, quality of work, and performance of the system as resulting from SIAPS training and interventions.

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Pricing Guide, Medical Equipment: Prepared for the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare of Bangladesh

Medical equipment items are the most expensive material goods in a health care facility. As part of technical assistance from USAID-supported SIAPS (implemented by MSH) to ensure access to quality products, we have developed a standard table of organization and equipment (TOE) in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MOHFW). This TOE is a prerequisite tool of health care technology management for equipment used at 10-, 20-, 50-, 250-, and 500-bed health facilities.

This Pricing Guide (PG) provides reasonable and reliable information on medical equipment prices based on specifications mostly reflected in the TOE. The information in this PG builds on Central Medical Stores Depot (CMSD) data from past orders, local suppliers information, extracts from various websites, informed estimates based on past experiences and consultant’s own database .

We hope this PG will provide the necessary information about the estimated prices that might be required during planning and evaluation of the procurement of medical equipment to help the different components of the MOHFW’s procurement and supply management cycles make informed decisions when procuring medical equipment from different entities.

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Video: Reducing Stock-outs and Saving Lives in Bangladesh

Until recently, sporadic stock-outs of contraceptives at service delivery points (SDPs) under the Directorate General of Family Planning (DGFP) were a challenge in Bangladesh. These stock-outs were caused by a lack of accurate and real-time logistics data from the SDPs, limited access to data, and poor feedback mechanisms. This situation increased the risk of unwanted pregnancies […]

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Effective Leadership in MOHFW Ensures Availability of Medicines in Bangladesh

To facilitate the formation of PLMC, the Systems for Improved Access to Pharmaceuticals and Services (SIAPS) Program, funded by USAID and implemented by Management Sciences for Health, worked with MOHFW to carry out a comprehensive and systematic assessment to assess the procurement and logistics capacity of MOHFW and its entities. The goal was to propose solutions and establish a sustainable procurement and logistics management structure. After several consultations with key stakeholders (World Bank, USAID, and other development partners), PLMC was officially launched in October 2012.

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Improving the Process of Medicines Registration in Bangladesh: Adoption of the Common Technical Document Format and Implementation of Pharmadex to Automate the Registration of Medicines

SIAPS has been providing technical assistance to DGDA to improve its regulatory function by helping them adopt international standards for medicine registration based on a common format proposed by the International Council for Harmonization for Technical Requirements for Pharmaceuticals for Human Use (ICH), known as the Common Technical Document (CTD). The use of the format has advantages for both country regulatory authorities and pharmaceutical manufacturers because only one technical data set that is accepted in different countries and regions is generated, thereby reducing the amount of human and animal experimentation. This standardization also provides common regulatory standards for evaluations and inspections and facilitates regulatory communication and information sharing that ensures that safe, effective, and high-quality medicines are developed and registered in the most resource-efficient manner. Furthermore, in the case of Bangladesh, adoption of the CTD may enhance the perception that products manufactured and registered in the country meet the quality and safety standards acceptable for export to other countries, providing faster access to medicines of high public-health value.

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Logistics Management Units Improve Availability of Medicines in Bangladesh

Absence of coordination mechanisms, lack of comprehensive guidelines, vertical programs and systems, and duplication of procurement practices impede effective procurement of medicines and health products in developing countries, frequently resulting in either too few or too many products on hand. In many low- and middle-income countries, such as Bangladesh, the logistics and management capabilities and systems are not sufficient to meet basic globally accepted standards and norms. However, pharmaceutical logistics management units offer a platform to help ensure not only a continuous supply of medicines and health supplies, but also coordinate procurement activities across the range of stakeholders involved, and build donor support by providing accurate data for decision making.

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