Strengthening TB Pharmaceutical Management in Region IV-A Through Partnership and Capacity Building

In the Philippines, tuberculosis (TB) is the sixth leading cause of death, mostly affecting the poor and vulnerable populations. Stock-outs of TB medicines in public health facilities compromise treatment of patients with TB because of limited access and additional burden of out-of-pocket expenses for medicines. As part of the improvement of the overall supply chain of the TB program, SIAPS has been working with the Department of Health central office with focus on quantification, procurement, storage, distribution, and pharmacovigilance. In addition, the National TB Control Program (NTP) requested SIAPS to develop an action-oriented practical guide for TB pharmaceutical management.

Sierra Leone Program Update: Strengthening quantification practices

SIAPS supported the establishment and initial training of a national quantification committee and seven quantification technical working groups in October 2016. The national quantification committee and the technical working groups are coordination mechanisms for effective management of pharmaceuticals in the country. SIAPS also supported the Directorate of Drugs and Medical Supplies (DDMS) and the Free Health Care Initiative (FHCI) technical working group in conducting a multiyear quantification of pharmaceuticals. Data from multiple sources, including the SIAPS-supported Continuous Results Monitoring and Support System, were used to support evidence-based decision making. SIAPS also trained all members of the tuberculosis quantification technical working group on the use of QuanTB, a quantification and early warning tool SIAPS developed to improve quantification and procurement processes for TB medicines.

Report on the Ebola Commodities Quantification for the Period January 2016 through December 2018

To better coordinate activities undertaken by all interested stakeholders to control the Ebola outbreak, the Malian government enacted Decision N° 2014-0850/PM-RM of November 14, 2014, resulting in the development of a contingency plan and the establishment of an Emergency Operations Center (EOC). A quantification exercise was conducted with technical assistance and financing from the SIAPS Program for the preparation of consensus-based forecasts, with input from interested stakeholders. This process will facilitate efforts to raise and secure funding for the procurement of needed commodities for the control of Ebola.

Report on the Malaria Commodity End-Use Verification Survey for Mali, August 9-31, 2016

This edition of the end-use verification (EUV) survey was conducted from August 9-31, 2016 under the leadership of the National Malaria Control Program (NMCP) in the regions of Southern and Central Mali. The survey aims to help improve the availability, management, and use of pharmaceuticals and other malaria commodities at public and quasi-public health facilities in Mali.

Guide to Tracking Pharmaceutical Expenditures in a Health System

This guide is designed to take country-level pharmaceutical and financing experts through the System of Health Accounts (SHA) framework as a potential approach that can be adapted to track pharmaceutical expenditures. The guide also reviews important first steps that must be considered to operationalize pharmaceutical expenditure tracking. It is intended to serve as a foundation for a wider conversation about pharmaceutical expenditure tracking approaches and to bring attention to key normative issues including expenditure definitions and boundaries that will need to be addressed before full-scale implementation guidelines for pharmaceutical expenditure tracking can be fully adopted.

Implementing QuanTB to Improve Forecasting, Supply Planning, and Early Warning Systems for TB Medicines: Zimbabwe Report

SIAPS conducted a review of its TB technical assistance and the QuanTB implementation in Zimbabwe. Specific objectives were to determine:

• Key achievements or results of SIAPS QuanTB technical assistance in Zimbabwe
• Experiences and perspectives of the beneficiaries from the NTP
• Challenges and lessons learned

This brief summarizes key aspects and results of the Zimbabwe review.

Implementing QuanTB to Improve Forecasting, Supply Planning, and Early Warning Systems for TB Medicines: Zambia Report

SIAPS conducted a review of its TB technical assistance and the QuanTB implementation in Zambia. Specific objectives were to determine:

  • Key achievements or results of SIAPS QuanTB technical assistance in Zambia
  • Experiences and perspectives of the beneficiaries from the NTP
  • Challenges and lessons learned

This report summarizes key aspects and results of the Zambia review.

Implementing QuanTB to Improve Forecasting, Supply Planning, and Early Warning Systems for TB Medicines: Uganda Report

SIAPS conducted a review of SIAPS TB technical assistance and the QuanTB implementation in Uganda. Specific objectives were to determine:

  • Key achievements or results of the SIAPS QuanTB technical assistance in Uganda
  • Experiences and perspectives of the beneficiaries of the NTP
  • Challenges and lessons learned

This report summarizes key aspects and results of the Uganda review.

Implementing QuanTB to Improve Forecasting, Supply Planning, and Early Warning Systems for TB Medicines: Tanzania Report

SIAPS conducted a review of its TB technical assistance and the QuanTB implementation in Tanzania. Specific objectives were to determine:

  • Key achievements or results of SIAPS QuanTB technical assistance in Tanzania
  • Experiences and perspectives of the beneficiaries from the NTLP
  • Challenges and lessons learned

This report summarizes key aspects and results of the analysis for Tanzania.

Implementing QuanTB to Improve Forecasting, Supply Planning, and Early Warning Systems for TB Medicines: Tajikistan Report

SIAPS conducted a review of SIAPS TB technical assistance and the QuanTB implementation in Tajikistan. Specific objectives were to determine:

  • Key achievements or results of SIAPS QuanTB technical assistance in Tajikistan
  • Experiences and perspectives of the beneficiaries from the NTP
  • Challenges and lessons learned

This report summarizes key aspects and results of the Tajikistan review.