Compiled by Wezi Tjaronda (SIAPS), Samson Mwinga (SIAPS), Harriet Kagoya (SIAPS), and Greatjoy Mazibuko (SIAPS) At the Kaisosi settlement in Rundu, Namibia, antiretroviral therapy (ART) patients who were once lost to follow up (LTFU) are returning for care. One of these patients, Domingos Christophine*, a 39-year-old single mother, began ART at the Kuisebmund clinic in […]
SIAPS Cameroon’s Closing Ceremony Event took place on the 25th of August 2016 in Yaoundé. It was chaired by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Health, Profesor Koulla-Shiro, and accompanied by the General Inspector of the Ministry of Health, Professeur Biwole Sida, the US Embassy Deputy Chief of Mission, Mr. David Brownstein, the Permanent Secretary […]
Addressing the Unmet Need for ART among HIV+ Women and Newborns in Cameroon through Strengthening the Supply Chain of PMTCT Commodities
The Government of Cameroon and its partners have made major investments in the last decade in prevention, treatment, and care of HIV-infected patients. However, unmet need for antiretroviral therapy (ART) among HIV-positive pregnant women remains high at 66%. Critical to satisfying this need is ensuring adequate availability of prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) commodities for rollout of new Option B+ guidelines. The Cameroon supply system consists of a cost recovery system for essential medicines and other health commodities and a free-of-charge system for priority commodities including those for PMTCT and ART. This study examines options for improving the supply and availability of these commodities.
The world’s response to the AIDS pandemic of dramatically increased financial assistance to provide affordable medicines for HIV and AIDS did not automatically lead to access to antiretrovirals (ARVs). The effectiveness of these multimillion dollar initiatives was recognized to be limited by the capacity of the health care and pharmaceutical supply systems to deliver these lifesaving medicines. Constraints to improving access to ARVs included inadequate capacity in clinics and hospitals that provide antiretroviral therapy (ART); inadequate pharmaceutical planning and information systems; and an inefficient supply chain.
A holistic approach to access looks beyond product availability and price to include other essential components, such as the availability of quality pharmaceutical services and the ability of the patient to benefit from both products and services that support the safe, effective, and appropriate use of the medicines.
Countries have stepped up to meet this challenge. This paper illustrates pharmaceutical systems’ strengthening interventions and their impact on improving access to ARVs and related services as well as continuing challenges and some recommendations.
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The purpose of the research was to identify the reasons for switching patients from first-line regimens to second-line regimens in the public healthcare setting in Gauteng Province. This study was an observational descriptive study. Randomly selected medical records for patients over 15 years old on second-line ART regimen attending public healthcare facilities in Gauteng’s five districts were reviewed to assess compliance with STGs, document the reasons for switching, and identify factors influencing the switch to second-line regimen.
A comprehensive assessment of DPM’s medicine regulatory system was conducted September to October 2017 by SIAPS funded by USAID. The […]
A presentation by Kwesi Eghan, Principal Technical Advisor, on March 19, 2018.
According to the World Health Organization, many countries spend 30–40% of their health care budgets on medicines and medical commodities, […]