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Addressing the Challenge of Supply Coordination in DRC: SIAPS and the National Malaria Control Program in Haut-Katanga

By Dr. Jonathan Luc Matala, Moise Kazadi, and Pacifique Bwenge Supply chain management includes coordinating and collaborating with partners at all levels, who serve as links to the end users, to ensure that commodities are available when and where they are needed, thereby avoiding wastage and expiry. To strengthen DRC’s interventions and coordinate its supporting […]

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DRC Launching Pilot Standard Therapeutic Guidelines for Hospitals and Improving Patient Care with Drug Therapeutic Committees

By Dr. Jonathan Luc Matala and Julie Mbo In 2012, DRC decided to reinforce drug therapeutic committees (DTCs) in nine hospitals that were previously installed by the Strengthening Pharmaceutical Systems (SPS) Program. DRC asked the Systems for Improved Access to Pharmaceuticals and Services (SIAPS) Program, which is funded by the US Agency for International Development […]

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Strengthening Regulatory Systems to Improve Access to Safe, Effective, and Quality Medicines

SIAPS technical support has helped strengthen the capacity of the national registration committee and streamline medicines registration. As a result, the number of registered medicines has increased from 200 in 2010 to over 3,000 in 2014; 72% of the medicines included on DRC’s essential medicines list currently have at least one product registered, up from 44% in 2011. The backlog of applications has been completely eliminated and the time taken to process a new application has been reduced from a peak of 85 days in 2013 to 64 days at the end of 2014.

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DRC Moves to Improve Access to Life-Saving Commodities for Mothers and Children

For the first time in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), 13 life-saving health commodities for mothers and children have been included in the National Health Development Plan (NHDP). These medicines are recommended by the United Nations Commission on Life-Saving Commodities for Women and Children (UNCoLSC). The move by the Ministry of Public Health […]

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National Pneumonia Day in DRC

The Ministry of Health (MoH) in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)—with support from USAID through the Integrated Health Project and SIAPS Program, as well as UNICEF and other partners—has organized a National Pneumonia Day to raise awareness of pneumonia prevention and management.  DRC’s National Pneumonia Day falls on November 12, coinciding with World Pneumonia Day. […]

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PMI Coordinator Visits SIAPS-DRC

The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), with one highest malaria incidence rates in the world, is a priority country for the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI). PMI has played a major role in the country’s fight against malaria, having dedicated $50m toward eliminating the disease in DRC over the last five years. PMI Coordinator Rear […]

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Malaria PMI Quarterly Updates April-June 2015

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 1 malaria mortality rates fell by 47% globally, and by 54% in Africa between 2000 and 2013. During this period, an estimated 4.3 million malaria deaths were averted globally, primarily as a result of the scale-up of interventions. However, much remains to be done. Although 55 countries are on track to reduce their malaria case incidence rates by 75%, in line with the World Health Assembly and Roll Back Malaria (RBM) targets for 2015, these countries account for only 3% of all malaria cases.

Working closely with the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) in both Washington and PMI focus countries, the USAID-funded Systems for Improved Access to Pharmaceuticals and Services (SIAPS) Program aims to ensure the availability of quality pharmaceutical products and effective pharmaceutical services in support of PMI objectives. To this end, and based on the PMI’s priorities, SIAPS endeavors to: improve pharmaceutical governance; build capacity to manage malaria products while addressing the information needed for managing them; strengthen financing strategies and mechanisms to improve access to malaria medicines; and improve the quality of pharmaceutical services provided to malaria patients.

Areas supported by SIAPS include: training; quantification; strengthening supply chain systems, including logistics management information; community and malaria case management; rational use; and medication safety. SIAPS works to strengthen malaria pharmaceutical management at the national level in Angola, Burundi, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Ethiopia, Guinea, Mali, and South Sudan. In addition, SIAPS provides regional support in Latin America.

This report briefly describes the major activities that SIAPS conducted at the global level and in each of the countries and region mentioned above between April and June 2015.

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University of Kinshasa unveils DRC’s first-ever strategic plan for pharmacist training

On June 10, 2015, the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences (FOPS) of the University of Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) officially presented its first-ever strategic plan to the Ministry of Higher Education. The strategic plan lays out a FOPS curriculum for the 2016-2020 period, and was developed with the technical and financial assistance […]

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SIAPS Support to Increase Access to 13 Lifesaving Medicines for Women and Children in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

By Cyrille Massamba, Technical Advisor, SIAPS; and Suzanne Diarra, Senior Technical Advisor, SIAPS Lisez cet article en français Download this article as a PDF The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)—a participating country in the United Nations Secretary-General’s global strategy to tackle challenges in increasing universal access to the 13 lifesaving medicines for women and […]

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L’appui de SIAPS au Ministère de la Santé Publique pour améliorer l’accès aux 13 médicaments qui sauvent les vies des femmes et des enfants en République Démocratique du Congo

Cyrille Massamba, Technical Advisor, SIAPS; Suzanne Diarra, Senior Technical Advisor, SIAPS Read this article in English Convertir en PDF La République Démocratique du Congo (RDC), partie prenante de la stratégie mondiale du Secrétaire Général des Nations Unies visant à relever le défi d’améliorer l’accès universel aux 13 médicaments qui sauvent les vies des femmes et […]

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