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President’s Malaria Initiative End Use Verification Survey

The end use verification (EUV) survey was conducted on December 21-30, 2017, in the departments of Zou and Collines. The main objective of the EUV survey was to verify the continuous availability of malaria commodities in malaria patients’ last point of contact. The survey intended to ensure that good diagnostic and prescription practices within these last points of contact, i.e., health facilities (health clinics or zone hospitals), were in line with the new treatment guidelines. Data collection period was December 26-30, 2017.

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Functional Comparison of Electronic Medicines Registration Systems

In November 2016, SIAPS offered technical assistance to DPMED to optimize the current medicine registration system, potentially by using the web-based medicine registration tool Pharmadex. After the assessment at DPMED in August 2017, SIAPS found that the SIGIP-ARP system in place was a software recommended for the regional West African Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU) member states and was preferred by DPMED. Hence, it was jointly resolved to strengthen the system already in place. A server room was setup and a rack server installed to hold the current and any other future systems for DPMED (e.g., inspection software). SIGIP-ARP was modified to improve its performance, which has enabled DPMED to do concurrent data entry of registration applications. DPMED is currently progressing on this task, and SIGIP-ARP can generate monitoring reports, which the director can use for management purposes. DPMED has yet to develop monitoring and evaluation indicators to track the data entry.

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Benin National Supply Chain Assessment

In an effort to improve the health status of the Beninese population, a priority activity included in the 2015 convention between the US Government, represented by USAID, and the Benin Government, represented by the Ministry of Health (MOH), was to conduct a comprehensive assessment of the public health supply chain, focused on essential medicines that are associated with the package of low-cost, high-impact interventions. SIAPS undertook this assessment in close collaboration with and under the leadership of the MOH, represented by the National Health Products Supply Chain. This report presents information on the capability, maturity, and operational performance of Benin’s health supply system, along with a strategic plan of interventions to address identified weaknesses that will allow reliable supply and use of medicines in the health system.

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Strengthening the Department of Health’s Warehouse Management System in the Philippines

The goal of warehouse operations is to satisfy client needs and requirements while effectively utilizing space, equipment, and labor. Warehouse management refers to the monitoring, control, and optimization of warehouse and transportation systems. The objectives of this assessment were to review the existing warehouse management system, including space, equipment, tools, and processes, and identify key requirements and technical specifications for the implementation of WMS technology that is tailored to the Republic of the Philippines’ public health supply system needs.

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Training on Pharmaceutical and Medical Commodities Supply Chain Management in Humanitarian Response Settings

Most NGOs and partners who work with OFDA face significant challenges in pharmaceutical procurement and supply chain management (SCM) as well as difficulties complying with OFDA policies, procedures, and funding/donation requirements. OFDA seeks to ensure excellence in its operations and programs and continues to push for significant changes to establish a humanitarian aid system that is more nimble, effective, and accountable. To accomplish this, OFDA requested technical assistance from SIAPS to develop training materials and facilitate two rounds of training for staff of its collaborating humanitarian aid partners and local and international NGOs. This training will help to ensure that appropriate procurement and SCM is implemented for the delivery of quality-assured pharmaceuticals and medical commodities to conflict-affected, internal, and cross-border displaced people. The objectives of the training program were to build the capacity of humanitarian aid partner staff on humanitarian SCM for the effective delivery of pharmaceuticals and medical commodities.

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Establishing Pooled Procurement Systems among Faith-Based Organizations: A Guidance Document for Successful Implementation

Faith-based organizations play a vital role in many developing countries in ensuring access to essential medicines and delivering health services to patients. This is particularly the case in rural areas, where public health facilities do not exist or are inadequate. However, many faith-based organizations face challenges with providing a continuous supply and reliable availability of essential medicines. The influx of poor-quality (counterfeit) medicines on the African continent is also a growing challenge. Furthermore, weak regulatory systems, poor enforcement of regulatory laws, and challenges associated with procurement and distribution of medicines by faith-based organization in many countries have resulted in varying approaches and designs of procurement mechanisms in this sector that are inefficient and not cost-effective.

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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.

Published in: Immunology and Infectious Diseases, Vol. 3(4), pp. 31 – 40

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Practical Difficulties of Delivering Medicines Where Infrastructure Does Not Exist

Nfor E. Practical Difficulties of Delivering Medicines Where Infrastructure Does Not Exist. Session presentation at the 75th International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) World Congress, Dusseldorf, Germany, 29 September to 3 October 2015.

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Adoption of the Integrated Management Information System for Pharmaceuticals and Medical Supplies (SUGEMI) to Optimize ARV Supply in the Dominican Republic

Ghoneim R, Nfor E, Tukai M, Barillas E, Saleeb S, Valdez C (2014, November). Adoption of the integrated management information system for pharmaceuticals and medical supplies (SUGEMI) to optimize ARV supply in the Dominican Republic. Presentation at the 7th Global Health Supply Chain Summit. Copenhagen, Denmark.

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Supply Chain Options Analysis: PMTCT Option B+, Family Planning, Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health Commodities

HIV, malaria, and unintended fertility constitute barriers to the achievement of Millennium Development Goals 4, 5, and 6 in Cameroon. The national health sector strategy 2011-2015 describes disease control targets, including the elimination of mother-to-child HIV transmission and reducing child mortality. In this analysis, SIAPS provides evidence for the design of interventions to strengthen the health supply system—a crucial factor in achieving health targets in Cameroon.  Included among these interventions is the national strategy for the prevention of mother-to-child HIV transmission (PMTCT), PMTCT Option B+. This analysis sets out to determine optimal storage space and logistics costs for the rollout of PMTCT Option B+; logistics management information requirements; feasible supply options, labor and equipment requirements, and regulations and policies related to the distribution of  PMTCT Option B+ and antiretroviral treatment (ART) commodities.

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