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SIAPS closes in Ethiopia

On 17 March 2017, SIAPS Ethiopia held a closing ceremony in Addis Ababa. Guests from partner government and non-government organizations, USAID, universities and health facilities were present at the event and expressed their appreciation for the systems strengthening work SIAPS has done in Ethiopia. SIAPS has been in Ethiopia for the last five years working […]

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Ending Malaria for Good: Systems Strengthened, Lessons Learned

One of the world’s oldest diseases, malaria claimed 1.2 million lives at its peak in 2004. Today, with proven prevention and treatment strategies, nine countries have now eradicated malaria. However, malaria still claims more than 400,000 lives each year—mostly children under the age of five in sub-Saharan Africa. The costs of malaria do not stop […]

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Improving Access to Maternal Health Commodities through a Systems Approach: Where are we now?

By Beth Yeager, Principal Technical Advisor, Management Sciences for Health & Chair, Maternal Health Supplies Caucus, Reproductive Health Supplies Coalition Nearly three years ago, I blogged about a systems approach to improving access for a Maternal Health Task Force (MHTF) series on maternal health commodities: Increasing access to essential medicines and supplies for maternal health […]

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Improving Antibiotic Prophylaxis in Cesarean Section in Jordanian Hospitals

About one-third to one-half of all antibiotics used in hospitals is for surgical prophylaxis; however, 30 to 90 percent of this use is inappropriate. The Jordan Food and Drug Administration (JFDA) recently conducted a study in Jordanian hospitals that provided data on surgical antibiotic prophylaxis practices, including for cesarean section. The study findings indicated that these practices could be improved. In the context of the JFDA’s study findings and recommendations, the U.S. Agency for International Development-funded Strengthening Pharmaceutical Systems (SPS) program, and its follow-on Systems for Improved Access to Pharmaceuticals and Services (SIAPS), provided technical assistance to help strengthen practices regarding antibiotic prophylaxis for cesarean sections at three Ministry of Health (MOH) hospitals in Jordan—Prince Hussein Hospital, Prince Faisal Hospital, and Dr. Jameel Al Totanji Hospital.

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USAID Administrator Shah Visits Democratic Republic of the Congo

Re-posted from Management Sciences for Health by Dr. Philippe Tshiteta Last month, I had the honor of welcoming United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Rajiv Shah to Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) during a visit that took place December 15-18, 2013. As MSH implements the USAID-funded Systems for Improved Access to Pharmaceuticals and Services (SIAPS) Project in the […]

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Preservice Curriculum Reform on Pharmaceutical Supply Management at the Hanoi University of Pharmacy: Technical Assistance for Curriculum Review and Competency Assessment

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Preservice curriculum reform followed by sound implementation is a cost-effective and sustainable intervention that leads to broader health system strengthening. Effective preservice training reduces the need for future large-scale and expensive in-service trainings. The Hanoi University of Pharmacy (HUP) in Vietnam is currently reforming their preservice curriculum on pharmaceutical supply management. A systematic process is being adopted to ensure that the resulting curriculum is tailored to suit Vietnam’s specific needs.

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