Konduri N, Aboagye-Nyame F, Mabirizi D, Hoppenworth K, Kibria MG, Doumbia S, Williams L, Mazibuko G.Digital health technologies to support access to medicines and pharmaceutical services in the achievement of sustainable development goals. Digit Health. 2018 May 3;4:2055207618771407. doi: 10.1177/2055207618771407.
Digital health technologies to support access to medicines and pharmaceutical services in the achievement of sustainable development goals
In 2012, SIAPS supported the Directorate General of Family Planning (DGFP) in conducting a five-year (2012-2016) forecasting exercise for reproductive health commodities and built the technical capacity of DGFP officials to manage the forecasting processes and analyze the FP2020 indicators pertinent to stock availability. SIAPS also assisted DGFP in forming the multi-stakeholder Forecasting Working Group (FWG) to annually review needs and facilitate data-informed procurement decisions. The FWG uses data collected through information management platforms and conducts quantification exercises on the basis of the consumption of RH/FP commodities. The 2012 forecasting exercise helped DGFP avoid redundant procurement decisions by using good-quality logistics data and saved money. However, after 2016, it had to be updated with the latest data. Therefore, at USAID’s request, SIAPS worked with FWG and developed another five-year (2017-2021) forecast of RH commodities to enable evidence-based contraceptive procurement decisions. The goal is to optimize a data driven procurement system and minimize losses through expiry from overstocking.
In 2015, at the request of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), SIAPS undertook a comprehensive mapping exercise of the existing HIS tools in the country to review their scopes and performances and explore opportunities to link the tools to improve efficiency.
The assessment included a deep dive into the DHIS2 platform to assess the system’s capacity, robustness, data security, and interoperability and strongly recommended that the country continue using DHIS2 for data aggregation, analysis, and reporting, with a caution that overload of individual patient data should be avoided. This recommendation triggered a thoughtful consideration to integrate the standalone e-TB Manager with DHIS2 so that patient summary data become available through DHIS2 for indicator reporting and decision making.
This document offers a wide selection of indicators relevant to the TB program in Bangladesh. To calculate the TB indicators, this document is based on the nationally adopted, web-based e-TB Manager, which is being implemented by the National Tuberculosis Control Program (NTP) with technical assistance from SIAPS.
Forecasting Exercise for the 13 Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health Commodities Prioritized by the UN Commission on Life-Saving Commodities for Women and Children
In September 2012, the United Nations Commission on Life-Saving Commodities for Women and Children released its recommendations for improving access to 13 priority commodities across the reproductive, maternal, newborn, and child health (RMNCH) continuum. These recommendations focused on developing markets, both local and global, for these commodities; strengthening national supply chains; and improving demand. One of the supply chain areas for these commodities that was identified as particularly weak was forecasting and supply planning. For several of these commodities, the data required to estimate need accurately are unavailable in many countries and national forecasts are based on unsubstantiated assumptions and often on data from past procurements.
The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)/Bangladesh requested assistance from the Systems for Improved Access to Pharmaceuticals and Services (SIAPS) Program, implemented by Management Sciences for Health (MSH), to address supply chain management issues related to essential medicines, especially tracer drugs (determined by Forecasting Working Group of the MOHFW) with maternal, newborn, and child health (MNCH) products. The aim of this comprehensive forecasting exercise was to help the Government of Bangladesh (GOB) and other key national stakeholders to improve the security of essential health medicines in the country, strengthen the distribution and management information systems in place, and build local capacity to strengthen health systems.
Presentation: Electronic Information Management System to Improve Recording and Reporting for TB Control in Bangladesh: Initial Experience and Opportunities
Kibria MG, Bashar S, Hossain MK, Hussain A. (2014, March). Electronic information management system to improve recording and reporting for TB control in Bangladesh: Initial experience and opportunities. Presentation at the Conference of The Union South-East Asia Region. Dhaka, Bangladesh.
Bangladesh SIAPS is working to strengthen MOHFW’s procurement and supply chain management systems; also key directorates (DGFP, DGHS, DGDA, etc.) to assure availability of quality pharmaceutical products.
To ensure the sustainable availability of family planning commodities and goal achievements, commodity demand has to be quantified properly and resources have to be allocated. Organized by the Bangladesh Directorate General of Family Planning in collaboration with SIAPS, a five-year (2012-2016) forecast of FP commodities with a two-year supply plan was developed. Results can be used for evidence-based procurement decisions to guide future procurement actions and ensure sustainable availability of commodities for the program.
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