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SIAPS closes in Ukraine

On June 30, 2017, SIAPS closed its office in Ukraine. Since 2011, SIAPS worked with the Ministry of Health (MOH) and other stakeholders strengthening the country’s pharmaceutical systems and enhancing transparency of procurement practices and rational medicine use. SIAPS provided assistance to streamline medicine selection by harmonizing the essential medicines list (EML). This was done […]

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The TB burden in Ukraine is among the most severe in Europe, and achieving TB control is hindered by weak information and reporting systems. Recognizing that managing pharmaceutical information is essential to curbing the spread of TB, the Ukrainian government adopted e-TB Manager, a digital case management tool developed by SIAPS, to help manage TB-related […]

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Sustaining Ukraine’s progress in fighting TB

Tuberculosis, which is the leading cause of death among infectious diseases in Ukraine, is especially dangerous due to the high estimated number of patients with multidrug-resistant TB. Since its implementation in 2008, e-TB Manager, a digital case management tool, has shown strong results: 81% of users, including doctors, nurses, and laboratory professionals, agree that it […]

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IT solution for pharmacovigilance supports rational use of quality, safe, and effective medicines

An online system for monitoring and reporting cases of adverse drug reactions and lack of efficacy of medicines comprehensively addresses the need for improved access to quality, safe, and effective medicines. “The evaluation and analysis of PAIS system in Ukraine has brought out gaps and identified recommendations on operational PAIS system optimization and enhancing its […]

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e-TB Manager Promotes Treatment Quality and Evidence-Based Forecasting of TB Medicines in Ukraine

Assessments conducted in 2013 on the management of TB drugs in Ukraine highlighted specific pharmaceutical management challenges, particularly in terms of data collection, capacity constraints, data quality, and frequency of reporting. Of note, cases of TB within the penitentiary system―roughly 15% of all TB cases in Ukraine―were poorly tracked; even when available, data from the penitentiary system were not integrated with the information system at the Ministry of Health (MOH), which skewed TB surveillance data. Furthermore, ongoing political unrest and personnel changes at the MOH continue to hinder efforts to address these challenges.

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SIAPS presents at the 76th FIP World Congress of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences in Buenos Aires, Argentina

Through a sustainable pharmaceutical systems strengthening approach, the SIAPS program shared experiences from Namibia, Ukraine, Vietnam, and South Africa through the following presentations, which aimed to illustrate multi-pronged interventions to address the global burden of disease. SIAPS staff actively participated and presented at the 76th FIP World Congress of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Buenos Aires, Argentina. […]

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Analysis of Medicines Expenditure in Ukraine: Implications for Rational Selection

Konduri N, Lebega O. Analysis of medicines expenditure in ukraine: Implications for rational selection. E9 Short oral presentation, Part 2a (Practice & Education) at the 76th FIP World Congress of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences 2016, Buenos Aires, Argentina. August 30, 2016.

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Devex Features SIAPS Program Work on Pharmaceutical Financing

Governments should not have to “break the bank” while working to achieve universal access to quality-assured and affordable essential medicines and vaccines for all, SIAPS Principal Technical Advisor Niranjan Konduri wrote in a Devex op-ed this week. Reacting to the WHO’s first global report on diabetes, released on April 6, Konduri identified inefficient government spending on pharmaceutical commodities as […]

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Framework Contracting in Ukraine: A Story of Success

In Ukraine in recent years, failed rounds of centralized public tenders for pharmaceuticals and blockage of public funds in antimonopoly litigations were regarded as a harbinger of the impending crisis in the public health sector. The Systems for Improved Access to Pharmaceuticals and Services (SIAPS) Program was requested to step in and provide technical assistance to improve the system of public pharmaceutical procurement and enhance the expertise of the selected regional health administrations and individual health care facilities. Framework contracting was viewed as the most effective procurement technique to ensure value for money in the contexts of decentralization and diverse regional specifics. SIAPS led the implementation of framework contracting into the oblast procurement practices in two oblasts, with the ultimate goal of bringing systemic changes into the national health procurement system.

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Encouraging increased adherence to treatment standards through drug utilization reviews in Ukraine

When doctors and patients fail to adhere to proper standards of treatment, it results in a higher disease burden, including greater financial costs, mortality, and morbidity. In Ukraine, the need to encourage better adherence to standard treatment guidelines became clear in 2011, when a study by SIAPS Program’s  predecessor, the Strengthening Pharmaceutical Systems (SPS) Program, […]

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