SIAPS has received funding from the US President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) to work in eight countries—Angola, Burundi, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Ethiopia, Kenya, Guinea, Mali, and South Sudan—to strengthen pharmaceutical systems for improved malaria control. This report synthesizes the pharmaceutical systems strengthening efforts of SIAPS and documents how the approach was used to support efforts to control malaria.
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Defeating malaria through pharmaceutical systems strengthening: A review of SIAPS’s activities in eight countries
SIAPS recently published the results of its activities in eight countries (Angola, Burundi, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Ethiopia, Kenya, Guinea, Mali, and South Sudan) to control malaria. This report summarizes systems strengthening interventions that support the prevention and treatment of malaria. With funding from the US President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) and based […]
Implementing QuanTB to Improve Forecasting, Supply Planning, and Early Warning Systems for TB Medicines: South Sudan Report
SIAPS conducted a review of SIAPS TB technical assistance and the QuanTB implementation in South Sudan. Specific objectives were to determine:
- Key achievements or results of the SIAPS QuanTB technical assistance in South Sudan
- Experiences and perspectives of the NTP and other beneficiaries
- Challenges and lessons learned
This report summarizes key aspects and results of the South Sudan analysis.
Improving Storage Conditions through De-Junking at County Health Department Medical Stores in South Sudan
SIAPS provided technical and financial support for the de-junking of CHD medical stores in the sixteen counties of the two states. The exercise was completed over a period of one and a half years. CHD de-junking committees were formed to oversee the process. The committees were inclusive, comprising State Ministry of Health (SMOH) officers, county health department officers, public health officers, partner agencies, and security organizations. These committees were authorized by the Director Generals of the SMOH to be in charge and execute this exercise on their behalf.
Guidelines for Redistribution of Excess and Near-Expiry Essential Medicines between Public Health Facilities in South Sudan
The increased shortages and stock-out of essential medicines have raised the need to understand the causes of medicine expiries and subsequently develop strategies for their prevention and management.The MOH has developed this document to empower health workers at all levels to redistribute medicines and supplies that are not needed or are about to expire. Therefore, the procedures presented in this document should be used as a guideline to manage and execute the redistribution of essential medicines by technical staff and health managers at health facilities and program levels.
By Abraham Ayuen, Senior Communications Specialist for SIAPS South Sudan. This post originally appeared on MSH’s website. Six-year-old Yohana Peter clutched a bottle of mango juice as he waited for his medication outside a pharmacy at Al Sabah Children’s Hospital in Juba, South Sudan. Seated next to his mother on a metal bench, Yohana looked anxious. […]
South Sudan’s health system is struggling to overcome a myriad of challenges, including poor pharmaceutical supply management practices, weak infrastructure, and inadequate skilled manpower. The outbreak of civil unrest in the nascent nation in December 2013 further exacerbated the already dire situation. South Sudan has one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the world, estimated at 789/100,000 live births. The country’s HIV prevalence rate increased from about 2% in 2000 to 2.6% in 2015 among adults, according to the South Sudan HIV/AIDS Commission and Ministry of Health. As of 2014, only 6% of 15 million people living with HIV were on antiretroviral therapy (ART).
By Abraham Ayuen, Communications Specialist On November 8, 2016, the US Agency for International Development (USAID)-funded Systems for Improved Access to Pharmaceuticals and Services (SIAPS) Program convened a key stakeholder meeting in Juba, South Sudan, to reflect on lessons learned, achievements, and final transition plans as the project concluded five years of pharmaceutical systems strengthening […]
The Government of South Sudan expends significant resources in the fight against malaria. With support from development partners, it has invested in personnel, infrastructure, and the procurement and distribution of malaria commodities in the country. As one of the key partners supporting government efforts to control malaria, SIAPS has been working to build the capacity of the National Malaria Control Program (NMCP), a government organization responsible for the planning, coordination, and general oversight of all malaria prevention and control activities, including fulfilling Roll Back Malaria and MIS requirements.
To this end, SIAPS has been supporting NMCP in performing its core functions, including planning, coordinating, and implementing malaria interventions. This includes providing on-the-job training and conducting routine supportive supervision; coordinating with other USAID and global health partners to provide malaria case management training; and helping to ensure effective management of essential antimalaria commodities in the country.
SIAPS Provides Technical Assistance to National Malaria Control Program to Conduct Malaria Indicator Surveys
The USAID-funded SIAPS Program is working closely with the Ministry of Health of the Republic of South Sudan, state Ministries of Health (with a focus on the two former states of Central and Western Equatoria), and other partners to improve the overall management of pharmaceuticals and medical supplies and ensure the availability of quality pharmaceutical products and effective pharmaceutical services to achieve desired health outcomes. SIAPS also worked in partnership with the National Malaria Control Program to strengthen the program’s leadership and management capacities and improve management of malaria commodities and support malaria prevention, diagnosis, and treatment efforts. Staff provided technical support to revise and develop policy documents and strategic plans and to implement major activities, such as the malaria indicator survey.