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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.

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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.

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Saving the Most Vulnerable from Malaria in South Sudan

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. […]

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Technical Brief: Building Pharmaceutical Management Capacity in South Sudan

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).

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SIAPS Concludes Five Years of Pharmaceutical Systems Strengthening in South Sudan

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 […]

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Strengthening the National Malaria Control Program in South Sudan

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.

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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.

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Strengthening South Sudan’s Ministry of Health Logistic Management Unit

The Strong Logistic Management Information System (LMIS) supports evidence-based procurement, quantification, supply planning, and financial decisions that are central to effective management of pharmaceuticals. The LMIS makes it easier for South Sudan’s Ministry of Health (MoH) to collect, process, and report on medicine consumption at the central level. However, as a country emerging from decades […]

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Improving Medicine Storage at Al Sabbah Children’s Hospital in South Sudan

Dr. Bruno Jeremiah, a pharmacist at Al Sabbah Children’s Hospital in Juba, South Sudan, squats on the floor in his white coat. He selects small cartons of medicine to hand to his colleague, storekeeper Julius Leonardo. The South Sudan Ministry of Health’s medicine supply system is kit-based, meaning that medicines are packed into kits for […]

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Systems for Improved Access to Pharmaceuticals and Services: Malaria Quarterly Update – January—March 2016

Working closely with the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) in both Washington and PMI- focus countries, the US Agency for International Development (USAID)-funded 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 the PMI’s 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.

The SIAPS technical approach emphasizes health systems strengthening with a special focus on improving metrics, monitoring and evaluation (M&E), developing the capacity of local governments and organizations, and increasing country ownership. Through this approach, SIAPS aims to promote the availability and use of malaria products, including artemisinin-based combination therapy (ACT), rapid diagnostic tests (RDT), and medicines for severe malaria. At the country level, SIAPS collaborates with national malaria control programs and Central Medical Stores (CMS) to develop and implement strategies to strengthen pharmaceutical management to prevent and improve case management of malaria. Areas supported by SIAPS include: training; quantification; strengthening supply chain systems, including logistics management information; community and malaria case management; rational use; and medication safety. SIAPS works to strengthen malaria pharmaceutical management at the national level in Angola, Burundi, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Ethiopia, Guinea, Mali, Niger, and South Sudan. In addition, SIAPS provides regional support in Latin America.

This report describes the major activities that SIAPS conducted at the global level and in each of the countries and region mentioned above between January and March 2016.

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