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Assessment of the Neglected Tropical Diseases Pharmaceutical Management System in Senegal

Supply chain constraints plague current neglected tropical disease (NTD) prevention and treatment programs. The rapid expansion of NTD control activities has not been without pharmaceutical and health system challenges. Inadequate NTD drug management in many countries has resulted in excess stocks, leading to waste resulting from drug expiry or stock-outs, leading to treatment interruption. SIAPS has received funding from USAID to support the Senegal MoH in strengthening the systems for NTD pharmaceutical management. The purpose of the technical assistance is to undertake a rapid assessment of the NTD pharmaceutical management system and understand the integration efforts. Technical review and recommendations have been provided by SIAPS personnel based in the SIAPS West Africa Offices and the office in Arlington, Virginia. SIAPS held meetings with the MoH NTD focal points and supply chain managers to ensure efficient delivery of technical support to the NTD programs, cross fertilization, sharing of lessons learned, challenges, and recommendations and to ensure that the implemented interventions are of the highest technical quality that focuses on country objectives.

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Pricing Guide, Medical Equipment: Prepared for the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare of Bangladesh

Medical equipment items are the most expensive material goods in a health care facility. As part of technical assistance from USAID-supported SIAPS (implemented by MSH) to ensure access to quality products, we have developed a standard table of organization and equipment (TOE) in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MOHFW). This TOE is a prerequisite tool of health care technology management for equipment used at 10-, 20-, 50-, 250-, and 500-bed health facilities.

This Pricing Guide (PG) provides reasonable and reliable information on medical equipment prices based on specifications mostly reflected in the TOE. The information in this PG builds on Central Medical Stores Depot (CMSD) data from past orders, local suppliers information, extracts from various websites, informed estimates based on past experiences and consultant’s own database .

We hope this PG will provide the necessary information about the estimated prices that might be required during planning and evaluation of the procurement of medical equipment to help the different components of the MOHFW’s procurement and supply management cycles make informed decisions when procuring medical equipment from different entities.

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Warehouse Improvement – CENAME Cameroon

The US Agency for International Development (USAID) Systems for Improved Access to Pharmaceuticals and Services (SIAPS) program is helping Cameroon’s Ministry of Health (MOH) to improve pharmaceutical management systems so they ensure availability and use of medicines for improving health outcomes. One component of this support is strengthening the warehouse management systems in “La Centrale Nationale d’Approvissionnement en Medicaments et Consommables Medicaux Essentiels” (CENAME) and six Centres d’Approvissionnement Regionaux (CAPRs) in selected locations regarding management and accountability of the key health commodities used for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS). This support extends from basic warehouse operations management technical support to capacity building of warehouse staffs and infrastructure development. In the last several months, SIAPS/Cameroon has increased the storage capacity of the rented warehouses of CENAME by installing 284 racks/shelves.

The report focuses on short-term immediate actions that can be taken based on the observations we made during this exercise. The key findings show the challenges that exist regarding space, organization, and availability of warehouse accessories. The major area of need is the reorganization of CENAME to optimize available space by consolidating the same types of products in one warehouse rather than storing these products in different locations. By doing so, better inventory control and management can be achieved.

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