The US Ambassador to Namibia, H.E. Thomas F. Daughton, launched CBART group ARV refills on June 1, 2017. These groups are implemented widely in Onandjokwe and other districts in northern Namibia, where the HIV burden is high. During the CBART group ARV refill initiative launch, the ambassador remarked “simple solutions = best solutions; bring the pharmacy to the people rather than sending people to the pharmacy”. Since then, SIAPS has been supporting Namibia’s Ministry of Health and Social Services (MoHSS) and partners to implement this initiative. The MoHSS, with support of partners, has decentralized ART services to achieve the ambitious UNAIDS 90-90-90 targets for ending the AIDS epidemic by 2020. Although Namibia faces a high HIV burden, with approximately 220,000 living with HIV, the MoHSS has successfully expanded its ART patient coverage to more than 80%. With more than 150,000 people receiving ART from public health facilities countrywide, the MoHSS is making efforts to ensure retention of ART clients on treatment to minimize the development of HIV drug resistance.
Dashboard data improves pharmaceutical supply-chain decision-making in Namibia’s public health facilities
Yousef Makar is the Chief Pharmacist at the Windhoek Central Hospital, Namibia’s national referral hospital for specialised health care services for the past five years. Before July 2016, Yousef and other pharmacy managers in government health facilities faced huge challenges in managing the inventory of pharmaceuticals with frequent stock-outs of key pharmaceuticals because consumption information […]
The SIAPS Program wrapped up its years of work in Namibia with an event in Windhoek on March 14. The program has worked in the country since 2011 to strengthen pharmaceutical management, helping to improve access to quality-assured medicines and related skilled services. SIAPS’ activities focused on enhancing pharmaceutical service delivery, health workforce availability, information […]
A multicountry user experience analysis of e-TB Manager and an in-depth study in Ukraine were published. However, the procedural aspects of e-TB Manager implementation in each country were not documented. While facilitators and barriers for eHealth implementation in resource-constrained settings are well known, the objective of this paper is to summarize the tailored implementation approaches given local context, which is a crucial consideration. The paper summarizes the key lessons learned and implications for other electronic health information systems.
Theresia Cloete was diagnosed with tuberculosis (TB) in 2002. She was put on treatment but after four months stopped taking her TB medication. Last year, she was diagnosed with drug-resistant TB. Like Cloete, many TB patients stop taking their life-saving medication before they are cured. She is now one of eight in-patients waiting for stabilization […]
In the last five years, SIAPS has provided technical assistance to the Namibia Medicines Regulatory Council (NMRC) to strengthen its capacity for registration and quality testing by training technical staff in medicines dossier evaluation, developing guidelines for conducting the routine PMS of quality of medicines, and collecting medicine samples at selected ART and TB treatment sites for laboratory testing. SIAPS mentored and provided guidance and technical support to NMRC staff and other personnel in conducting efficient dossier reviews for the registration of ARVs, anti-TB, and other essential medicines. Consequently, intensive dossier review sessions were organized and fully funded by NMRC after effective and successful transition of the activity to NMRC for sustainability. SIAPS provided technical assistance to the NMRC to develop guidelines and collect medicine samples from seven priority regions (Kavango East and West, Khomas, Ohangwena, Omusati, Oshana, Oshikoto, and Zambezi) and one urban hotspot (Grootfontein [Otjozondjupa]).
SIAPS provided technical assistance to facilitate the expedited assessment and registration of new and existing ARV formulations to support the implementation of the revised Namibian ART guidelines (dated January 2014). The technical assistance focused on improving the efficiency of the regulatory system so that the recommended new first-line fixed-dose combination ARVs that contain tenofovir and emtricitabine for adults; optimized ARV formulations for pediatric use; and other medicines for HIV and AIDS; TB; maternal, newborn, and child health (MNCH); and other public health diseases are assessed and considered for registration and made available for public procurement in a timely manner to benefit patients undergoing ART.
Strengthening Registration and Quality Assurance Systems for Generic ARVs, Related Medicines, and Devices in Namibia
In Namibia, USAID has been providing funding for technical assistance in the areas of pharmaceutical management and systems strengthening since 2003. During this period, the Rational Pharmaceutical Management Plus (RPM Plus) and Strengthening Pharmaceutical Systems (SPS) programs were implemented. RPM Plus supported interventions that largely focused on strengthening systems for the antiretroviral therapy (ART) and prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV programs. SPS focused on strengthening systems based on World Health Organization (WHO) building blocks, increasing the number of pharmaceutical personnel available for service delivery, strengthening policy coordination, and improving the regulatory functions of the NMRC. SIAPS focuses on further strengthening of regulatory and management systems in the pharmaceutical sector under the governance and health systems strategic area to support HIV and AIDS and other public health services.
SIAPS/Namibia Presents New Community-Based Antiretroviral Dispensing Services to the USAID Director for Southern Africa
The SIAPS team in Namibia joined other PEPFAR-implementing partners for the orientation of USAID’s newly appointed Director for Southern Africa, Mr. John Groarke. On September 27-28, 2017, Mr. Groake visited health facilities in the Omusati and Oshana regions in the North Central part of Namibia where he received updates on the progress of the community-based […]
SIAPS Namibia staff helped the Pharmaceutical Services Division of the Ministry of Health and Social Services (MOHSS) of Namibia to revise the National Medicines Policy (NMP). The NMP, launched in 1998 and revised in 2012, provides guidelines and development objectives for the country’s pharmaceutical sectors. It provides the framework within which pharmaceutical sector priorities are […]
- The Use of Pharmaceutical Information for Decision Making in Namibia's National ART Program: Assessment Report
SIAPS conducted this assessment to determine the extent to which pharmaceutical information generated from the Electronic Dispensing Tool (EDT) and […]
The Directorate of Drugs and Medical Supplies (DDMS) plays a key role in providing technical guidance and setting strategic direction […]
- Systems for Improved Access to Pharmaceuticals and Services (SIAPS) Program Inventory of Key Technical Resources
The main purpose of this inventory is to serve as a reference to help stakeholders working in the pharmaceutical sector […]