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National Drug Service Organization: Analysis of Markups, Income, and Costs, 2007–2012

The SIAPS Program provided technical assistance to analyze recent NDSO operational costs and income trends and provide guidance on adjustments to existing markups to optimize the organization’s operational liquidity to sustain quality services and products. The study team analyzed or calculated selected financial and operational performance indicators from data in NDSO department reports, in annual financial statements (for the past five years), or extracted from NDSO’s information system, the RxSolution database.

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Technical Highlight: Design, Implementation, and Use of Pharmaceutical Logistics Management Information Systems (LMIS)

This technical highlight describes promising practices in assessing, designing, and implementing a LMIS based on SIAPS Program’s experience. The promising practices are supported by case examples of LMIS implementation from Bangladesh, Swaziland, and West Africa.

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Emergency procurements of HIV rapid test kits avert stock-outs in Lesotho

With more than 20% of Lesotho’s population living with HIV, the need to scale up preventive measures has been recognized as crucial in the country’s fight against the disease. Although the estimated number of new HIV infections per year decreased from 30,000 in 2005 to 26,000 in 2013, the country has historically experienced low levels of […]

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Accurate stock reporting: Ensuring the availability of laboratory commodities for HIV testing in Lesotho

By Almakio Phiri, SIAPS Lesotho Country Project Director; Katelyn Payne, Project Associate; Andreas Fusi, SIAPS Laboratory Logistics Advisor; and Pheello Pompong, SIAPS M&E and Communications Advisor Expanding Laboratory Testing Services Lesotho has the second-highest HIV prevalence rate in the world, with 22.9% of the population living with the disease.  The severity of this public health crisis is […]

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Capacity Needs Assessment for Pharmaceutical Services for the ART Program in Lesotho

An assessment of the numbers and skills of health workers involved in the provision of ART-related services in an attempt to maximize efficiency of ART service provision in the country. It identifies what skills are required to provide good quality pharmaceutical services, what skills are available, and how the gaps identified can be addressed.

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Electronic Pharmaceutical Management Solution Improves ART Service

The main challenge in Lesotho’s pharmaceutical sector is the unreliable supply of essential medicines as well as the fact that the quality of medicines circulating in the country is not known. One of the major reasons is inefficiencies within the supply chain system, specifically weak information management systems that do not support decision-making in supply […]

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