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Integrated mechanisms and processes for monitoring the safety of medicines are essential to a well-functioning pharmaceutical sector. The links below highlight recent SIAPS Program work in building resilient health systems to meet global and local health priorities.

Blog: Pharmacy Services: An Essential Piece in Achieving the 90:90:90 Goals of Ending HIV
The introduction of newer ARV medicines presents an opportunity for pharmacists to expand their role as members of the multidisciplinary team that treats and cares for people living with HIV. Pharmacists have a clear role to play, from advising on the choice of therapy to monitoring adherence, drug-drug interactions, and adverse events. A pharmacist is often the patient’s last point of contact when obtaining services at an outpatient facility. This places pharmacists in a unique position to emphasize key adherence messages and highlight important information regarding the treatment.

Blog: Leveraging Private Pharmaceutical Sector Capacity Toward Achieving Sustainable UHC in Low- and Middle-Income Countries
Universal health coverage (UHC) in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) requires government-led public financing. However, the financing capacity of most LMICs is already stretched thin, between the demands for population coverage, quality service, reduced out-of-pocket payments, and other societal funding requirements. To meet this challenge, mechanisms to improve domestic resource mobilization, innovative health financing, and leverage resources beyond the public sector are needed.

See last month’s focus on Data-Informed Decision Making
Learn about the SIAPS approach to data-informed decision making in the context of information systems strengthening.