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Using the Electronic Dispensing Tool to Retain Patients on Antiretroviral Therapy in Namibia

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 […]

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EDT Simplifies the Management of Pharmacy Appointments for Patients on Antiretroviral Therapy

Efficiently managing pharmacy appointments for large numbers of patients on antiretroviral therapy (ART) at public health facilities is challenging without a simple, computerized tool, such as the electronic dispensing tool (EDT). Download this article as a PDF At public health facilities in Namibia, pharmacy staff and nurses use the EDT to manage the register of […]

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Mitigating antimicrobial resistance: Preventing resistance to HIV medications in Namibia

The USAID-funded SIAPS program has been influential in designing Namibia’s approach to preventing the development of antimicrobial resistance including HIV drug resistance. Due to the rapid scale-up of ART services, Namibia has achieved high ART coverage of the HIV-positive population. Although it can be minimized, HIV drug resistance (HIV-DR) is anticipated to emerge among people […]

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April 2015 SIAPS/SCMS/BLC Newsletter

In this issue:

  • Piloting Mobile Phone Messaging Services to Enhance Patient Adherence to Antiretroviral Treatment
  • Information on Antiretroviral and Other Medicines Registered in Namibia Now Available on a Web-based Platform
  • BLC Disburses a Capacity Development Grant to Tonata to Improve Service Delivery by the Network of PLHIV in Namibia
  • Synergy with UNAM’s School of Medicine in Building Local Expertise for Preventing Antimicrobial Resistance
  • First Class of Pharmacists Graduates from the SIAPS-supported School of Pharmacy in Namibia
  • Inaugural Pharmacist Assistant Forum: A New Platform for Disseminating Pharmaceutical Services Information for Decision-making in Namibia
  • Effective Global Fund Grant Management for Improved HIV/AIDS Service Delivery
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February 2015 SIAPS/SCMS/BLC Newsletter

In this issue:

  • Namibia transitions to a once-a-day antiretroviral pill
  • Pharmaceutical human resources development for the sustained provision of quality antiretroviral treatment at health facilities in Namibia
  • Developing caregiver skills for the improved care and support of orphans and vulnerable children (OVC)
  • Monitoring site-level trends in HIV Drug Resistance Early Warning Indicators among children on treatment
  • SIAPS and SCMS participate in joint pharmaceutical management supportive supervision visits of ART sites
  • ART site improvement through monitoring system (SIMS) assessment in the Kavango and Zambezi Regions
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Boletín trimestral de Información Estratégica SUGEMI

Julio-Septiembre 2014

Volumen 3, número 3

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Antiretroviral Cohort Adverse Event Monitoring in KwaZulu-Natal

The high burden of HIV and the rapid scale up of ARV treatment program in KwaZulu-Natal provided a unique opportunity to establish a cohort event monitoring system at selected sites within the province. The aim of the cohort event monitoring study was to implement and establish a system of active surveillance that would have resulted in the timely identification, management, and prevention of adverse events to ART.

The goal of the Antiretroviral Cohort Adverse Event Monitoring programme in KwaZulu-Natal (ACADEMIK) was to establish an AE surveillance system that would support patient safety, patient adherence to lifelong ART, and enhance quality of patient care in the ARV treatment programme in the province.

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Information Systems and Coordination for Managing HIV and AIDS Related Commodities

The West and Central African regions have a low HIV prevalence. Because of the low number of patients on ART and limited technical and financial support, these regions have experienced frequent stock-outs of ARVs posing a serious risk to patients on ART and increasing the risk of HIV drug resistance in the region. As a key step in addressing this challenge, the West Africa Regional Health Office of the US Agency for International Development is providing support through the Systems for Improved Access to Pharmaceuticals and Services (SIAPS) Program to address the recurring pharmaceutical supply management issues by supporting the regional coordination mechanism and the development and implementation of an early warning system (EWS) for antiretrovirals (ARVs) and HIV and AIDS related commodities.

As part of project startup, SIAPS conducted a situational analysis in Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Guinea, Niger, and Togo to gain an understanding of the current capacity for HIV and AIDS commodities management and supply. Also analyzed was the readiness of the HIV and AIDS commodities information management systems to provide the information necessary for routine monitoring of HIV and AIDS product availability in the region.

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A Protocol for Rapid Situational Analysis of the HIV and AIDS Commodity Supply Chain in Seven Target West African Countries

As part of project startup, SIAPS will conduct a situational analysis of seven countries (Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Guinea, Mauritania, Niger, and Togo) to gain an understanding of the current capacity for HIV and AIDS commodities management and supply. The situational analysis will also assess the readiness of the HIV and AIDS commodities information management systems to provide the information necessary for routine monitoring of HIV and AIDS product availability in the region.

The findings from the situational analysis will inform the development of appropriate interventions that will bridge the gaps and serve as a basis for establishing a regional coordination mechanism for HIV/AIDS commodities management.

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Developing and Implementing a Nationwide Electronic Pharmacy Dispensing System in Low-Resource Settings: The Electronic Dispensing Tool in Namibia’s ART Program

In 2004 the MSH-implemented RPM Plus Program supported the MoHSS in carrying out a baseline assessment of pharmaceutical management information and monitoring systems in Namibia. The key objective of this assessment was to determine “the capacity of the local government to meet medicine and other health commodity needs in support of the launch and establishment of the national prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) and PMTCT-Plus programs.”

From the challenges identified in the baseline assessment, an urgent need was evident to develop an information system that will ensure uninterrupted access to ARVs to a growing population of patients on ART in Namibia.

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