The Systems for Improved Access to Pharmaceuticals and Services (SIAPS) Project, funded by the US Agency for International Development, helps countries promote access to safe, quality, and cost-effective pharmaceuticals and health commodities by using a system strengthening approach that engages stakeholders, builds and strengthens existing health systems, or establishes a new one, if necessary. SIAPS strengthens pharmaceutical governance by working with the Department of Health and all in-country stakeholders involved in managing the supply chain to define roles, responsibilities, and accountability as well as to identify the critical steps moving forward to implement positive changes in the system. SIAPS ensures the involvement of all partners during the whole process. The overall goal is to promote stewardship for DOH and enable continuous, sustained progress.
Strengthening the Supply Chain Governance Framework for Pharmaceuticals and Health Products in the Philippines – Technical Brief
Strengthening the Supply Chain Governance Framework for Pharmaceuticals and Health Products in the Philippines
The Department of Health (DOH) is ultimately responsible and accountable for ensuring that Filipinos have access to quality health services. An effective supply chain is essential for DOH to ensure that lifesaving health products are available, accessible, and effectively used for clients. Recently, the DOH has shown its commitment by creating the Supply Chain Management Unit (SCMU) in March 2016. SIAPS conducted a thorough desk review of previous assessments and DOH’s various internal SCM policies. SIAPS also helped coordinate meetings with various DOH offices to identify and validate current experiences in SCM and to obtain recommendations to strengthen SCM governance of DOH.
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.
Antiretroviral and Sexual and Reproductive Health Commodity Quarterly Supply Planning Technical Report: Quarter 2
Each year, the Swaziland Ministry of Health’s Central Medical Store (CMS) conducts a one-year quantification exercise to budget for HIV commodities. In 2012/2013, using supply planning software developed by the United States Agency of International Development (USAID)-funded Systems for Improved Access to Pharmaceuticals and Services (SIAPS), the Ministry was able to save $US 6.1 million by avoiding extraneous procurement of antiretroviral (ARV) therapy commodities with no stock-outs occurring during this budget year. SIAPS’s Pipeline® Monitoring and Procurement Planning System (Pipeline monitors the status of product pipelines and procurement plans, providing information needed to ensure the regular and consistent stock of products at the program or national level.
Antiretroviral and Sexual and Reproductive Health Commodity Quarterly Supply Planning Technical Report: Quarter 1
Swaziland’s Central Medical Store worked with SIAPS to carry out a one-year quantification exercise for HIV commodities that informed quantities and budgets required for FY 2013 through FY 2014. SIAPS put into place a systematic process for supply planning using the Pipeline® Monitoring and Procurement Planning System (PipeLine), a software tool designed to help program managers monitor the status of their product pipelines and product procurement plans.
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