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To measure progress in “pharmaceutical systems strengthening,” we must first define that term

By Helena Walkowiak, Principal Technical Advisor, SIAPS It’s been called the pharmaceutical sector, a drug supply or management system or the medical products building block. By any name, the part of a health system that deals with ensuring access to essential medicines, vaccines and medical products and their correct use–we call it a pharmaceutical system […]

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Devex Features SIAPS Program Work on Pharmaceutical Financing

Governments should not have to “break the bank” while working to achieve universal access to quality-assured and affordable essential medicines and vaccines for all, SIAPS Principal Technical Advisor Niranjan Konduri wrote in a Devex op-ed this week. Reacting to the WHO’s first global report on diabetes, released on April 6, Konduri identified inefficient government spending on pharmaceutical commodities as […]

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Georgia: Establishing a drug safety management and monitoring system for bedaquiline and other drugs

In April 2015, USAID and Janssen Therapeutics officially launched the bedaquiline donation initiative, under which Janssen committed to providing free bedaquiline to 30,000 patients with multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) over a four-year period. Bedaquiline is the first anti-TB medicine to be approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in more than 40 years, and is […]

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Beating Tuberculosis Requires More Than Medicine

By Emily Delmotte, SIAPS Technical Advisor This has been cross-posted with the permission of Science Speaks. The text has been changed slightly for clarity. Eight years ago Busisiwe Beko was undergoing treatment for multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) when, after months of waiting to see a pediatric specialist, her daughter was diagnosed with the same illness. The […]

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Assessment of Compliance of Outpatient Prescribing with the Namibia Standard Treatment Guidelines in Public Sector Health Facilities

The Ministry of Health and Social Services (MoHSS), in partnership with the Systems for Improved Access to Pharmaceuticals and Services (SIAPS) Program, funded by the US Agency for International Development (USAID) and implemented by Management Sciences for Health (MSH), conducted an assessment of compliance of prescribers with the Namibia Standard Treatment Guidelines (STG) and changes in prescribing practices for selected conditions. The first comprehensive Namibia STGs were launched and distributed to all health facilities in the country in 2011. The main objectives of the assessment were to determine the extent of compliance of prescribers with the STGs, and to compare prescribing practices before and after the roll out of the STGs. The assessment also aimed to explore factors associated with compliance and to find out what activities were implemented in health facilities and regions to promote compliance with the STGs.

 

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SIAPS highlights the challenge of medicines access at the 2014 Mini-University

Each spring the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health sponsor the Global Health Mini-University, a day-long forum for global health professionals and students. The event features a variety of sessions on areas such as HIV/AIDS, family planning, and health systems. This past year, […]

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Situación de la gestión del suministro de medicamentos para el tratamiento de la malaria en los países que comparten la cuenca Amazónica y Centroamérica, 2012

El presente informe técnico recoge y actualiza la información acerca de la situación de la gestión del suministro de medicamentos antimaláricos en el 2012 de los países de la cuenca del Amazonas y de dos países centroamericanos.

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