The goal of SIAPS in Namibia was to improve the quality and safety of pharmaceutical services to achieve sustained HIV epidemic control. Since 2012, SIAPS focused on interventions that increased the availability of quality antiretrovirals (ARVs), other essential medicines, and services to sustain more than 80% ART coverage of patients in need. SIAPS activities also contributed to ensuring patient safety through pharmacovigilance (PV) activities.
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Consolidating SIAPS’ Five-Year Support to the Ministry of Health and Social Services for Strengthening Pharmacovigilance in Namibia
Compiled by Wezi Tjaronda (SIAPS), Samson Mwinga (SIAPS), Harriet Kagoya (SIAPS), and Greatjoy Mazibuko (SIAPS) At the Kaisosi settlement in Rundu, Namibia, antiretroviral therapy (ART) patients who were once lost to follow up (LTFU) are returning for care. One of these patients, Domingos Christophine*, a 39-year-old single mother, began ART at the Kuisebmund clinic in […]
A new collection of technical briefs highlight strategic approaches, innovations, results and lessons learned in implementing systems-wide interventions to strengthen pharmaceutical systems and services in three countries: South Africa, Namibia and Ethiopia. Click on the thumbnails below to read the full technical briefs. Strengthening Namibia’s Pharmacy Sector and Workforce Strengthening the Leadership and Management of […]
Mann M, Mengistu A, Gaeseb J, Sagwa E, Mazibuko G, Baeten JM, Babigumira JB, Garrison LP, Stergachis A. Sentinel site active surveillance of safety of first-line antiretroviral medicines in Namibia. Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety. 2016, Vol 25, Issue 9; 1052-1060.
Active Surveillance versus Spontaneous Reporting for First-Line Antiretroviral Medicines in Namibia: A Cost-Utility Analysis
Mann M, Mengistu A, Gaeseb J, Sagwa E, Mazibuko G, Babigumira JB, Garrison Jr LP, Stergachis A. Active surveillance versus spontaneous reporting for first-line antiretroviral medicines in Namibia: A cost-utility analysis. Drug Safety. 2016, Vol. 39, Issue 9; 859-872.
The SIAPS Namibia team participated in Namibia’s first National AIDS Conference (NAC) on 28 – 30 November, 2016. Under the theme, “Together We Are Ending AIDS In Namibia”, the conference brought together the Namibia Ministry of Health and Social Services (MoHSS), national HIV program, and other key stakeholders to reflect on achievements made so far […]
Promoting Rational Medicine Use through Therapeutics Committees: Evidence from the Kunene Region of Namibia
Functional Therapeutic Committees (TCs) in public health facilities help to improve rational medicine use (RMU). RMU is necessary to prevent antimicrobial resistance, including HIV drug resistance. Download this article as a PDF The inappropriate use of medicines in health care facilities may result in wastage of resources. However, this can be improved by adopting simple […]
Efficiently managing pharmacy appointments for large numbers of patients on antiretroviral therapy (ART) at public health facilities is challenging without a simple, computerized tool, such as the electronic dispensing tool (EDT). Download this article as a PDF At public health facilities in Namibia, pharmacy staff and nurses use the EDT to manage the register of […]
Historically, Namibia has often struggled with shortages of pharmaceutical personnel due to a reliance on a foreign-trained workforce. Before SIAPS started working in the country in 2011, approximately 90% of pharmacist positions were filled by non-Namibians working on short-term contracts. Today, the situation is dramatically different — Namibian workers now staff 76% of all public […]
Namibia faces a dual public health burden of HIV and AIDS and tuberculosis (TB). Critical to the treatment and management of these diseases is an effective workforce that can provide quality pharmaceutical services throughout the country. Pharmacists and pharmacist assistants (PAs) play critical roles in dispensing life-saving medications, monitoring patient health and progress, and educating both patients and other health professionals about proper medication use, storage, and dispensing practices. To meet the high demand for quality pharmaceutical services and to ensure that pharmacy personnel needs are being met, the US Agency for International Development (USAID)-funded Systems for Improved Access to Pharmaceuticals and Services (SIAPS) Program supported the Government of the Republic of Namibia in the long-term planning of pharmaceutical human resources and building the capacity of two local institutions to provide pre-service and in-service pharmaceutical management training.