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World Malaria Day 2015: Defeating Malaria Through Stronger Pharmaceutical Systems

Approximately 3.3 billion people— nearly half of the world’s population— live at risk of becoming infected with malaria. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that there are 198 million clinical malaria cases and nearly 600,000 deaths caused by malaria each year, with 78% of deaths occurring in children under five years of age. Though developed […]

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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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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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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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Malaria Quarterly Updates April-June 2014

This report briefly describes the major SIAPS country activities in Angola, Burundi, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Guinea, Mali, and South Sudan as well regional activities for Latin America between April and June 2014.

 

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Scaling Up Integrated Community Case Management in Burundi

The Burundi SIAPS team, in a one-MSH initiative led by Pascaline Harerimana and assisted by SIAPS Principal Technical Advisor Jane Briggs, supported the Burundi’s Ministry of Health (MoH) National Malaria Control Program to evaluate their pilot of community case management of malaria.  The objective was to inform the requirements for expanding services to include malaria, diarrhea, […]

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Scaling Up Integrated Community Case Management in Burundi

The Burundi SIAPS team, in a one-MSH initiative led by Pascaline Harerimana and assisted by SIAPS Principal Technical Advisor Jane Briggs, supported the Burundi’s Ministry of Health (MoH) National Malaria Control Program to evaluate their pilot of community case management of malaria. The objective was to inform the requirements for expanding services to include malaria, diarrhea, and pneumonia, called integrated community case management (iCMM) and recommendation to consider for scale-up. Jane’s May 7th presentation at USAID/W stimulated a lively discussion on taking activities to scale and increasing coverage.

iCCM is one of the key strategies for ending preventable deaths of children under five. A large and growing body of evidence suggests that iCCM can increase access to timely treatment.

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Pharmacovigilance Activities in HIV and AIDS Programs in Eight Sub-Saharan African Countries: Opportunities to Enhance Treatment Outcomes and Ensure Patient Safety

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Monitoring adverse drug reactions is becoming a priority for public health programs involved in large scale-ups of new essential medicines. Under an interagency agreement between the US Food and Drug Administration and the US Agency for International Development (USAID), the SPS program assessed pharmacovigilance activities of 32 PHPs in sub-Saharan Africa. Poster displayed at the International AIDS 2012 conference in Washington DC, 22nd-27th July 2012.

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