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Implementing QuanTB to Improve Forecasting, Supply Planning, and Early Warning Systems for TB Medicines: Tanzania Report

SIAPS conducted a review of its TB technical assistance and the QuanTB implementation in Tanzania. Specific objectives were to determine:

  • Key achievements or results of SIAPS QuanTB technical assistance in Tanzania
  • Experiences and perspectives of the beneficiaries from the NTLP
  • Challenges and lessons learned

This report summarizes key aspects and results of the analysis for Tanzania.

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Engaging Private-Sector Drug Dispensers to Improve Tuberculosis Control

To assess the readiness and willingness of retail drug dispensers in the private sector to participate in TB case detection, SIAPS conducted a baseline survey among pharmacies and accredited drug dispensing outlets (ADDOs) in the regions of Morogoro and Dar es Salaam. Drug dispensers in 122 pharmacies and 173 ADDOs were surveyed to assess TB knowledge and practices, and to inform the development of appropriate interventions to address gaps.

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Engaging Private Retail Drug Outlets in Early TB Case Finding in Tanzania: Final Report

The engagement of all care providers in tuberculosis (TB) case finding is an essential element of the 2009–2016 Strategic Plan of the Tanzania National Tuberculosis and Leprosy Programme (NTLP). This is in line with the World Health Organization (WHO) and Stop TB Partnership recommendation for public-private mix (PPM) to support DOTS implementation, and supports the NTLP’s goal of decreasing TB-related morbidity and mortality in the country.

With funding from the US Agency for International Development (USAID) through the Systems for Improved Access to Pharmaceuticals and Services (SIAPS) program, the NTLP piloted an intervention designed to increase early TB case detection through the engagement of the retail pharmaceutical sector in identifying and referring persons with presumptive TB for assessment. The pilot was conducted between August 2011 and December 2013 in pharmacies in Dar es Salaam, an urban setting, and accredited drug dispensing outlets (ADDOs) in Morogoro, a rural setting. This report describes the key activities that were conducted, as well as the challenges and accomplishments of the pilot project.

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Assessment of Supply Chain Management Systems for Neglected Tropical Disease Drugs in Cameroon, Mali, Tanzania, and Uganda

The rapid expansion of neglected tropical diseases (NTD) control activities has brought about pharmaceutical and health system challenges. In most countries, the Ministry of Health (MoH) is responsible for the administration and operation of medicines supply and distribution and for providing district health administrations with funding from the national level. District health care responsibilities are to implement the national NTD policy, plan and manage mass drug administrations (MDAs), and oversee community administration of the NTD control programs. The purpose of assessing the pharmaceutical management and supply chain management (SCM) of NTD control programs for Cameroon, Mali, Tanzania, and Uganda was to learn about the programs, identify the gaps within their pharmaceutical management, and make recommendations for strengthening the system.

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Engaging the Private Sector to Improve Antimicrobial Use in the Community: Experience from Accredited Drug Dispensing Outlets in Tanzania

Valimba R, Liana J, Joshi MP, Rutta E, Embrey M, Bundala M, Kibassa B. Engaging the Private Sector to Improve Antimicrobial Use in the Community: Experience from Accredited Drug Dispensing Outlets in Tanzania. Journal of Pharmaceutical Policy and Practice. 2014; 7(1):11.

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Understanding Private Retail Drug Outlet Dispenser Knowledge and Practices in Tuberculosis Care in Tanzania

Rutta E, Tarimo A, Delmotte E, James I, Mwakisu S, Kasembe D, et al. Understanding private retail drug outlet dispenser knowledge and practices in tuberculosis care in Tanzania. International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease. 2014;18(9):1108-13.

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Technical Assistance to the Public– Private Mix for TB Case Management in Tanzania

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The SIAPS team will conduct a workshop to disseminate the findings of the baseline assessment on the knowledge and practice of TB management in pharmacies and ADDOs. The workshop will also review training materials and adapted tools aimed at enhancing private sector engagement in early TB case detection in Tanzania.

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Pharmacovigilance Activities in HIV and AIDS Programs in Eight Sub-Saharan African Countries: Opportunities to Enhance Treatment Outcomes and Ensure Patient Safety

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Monitoring adverse drug reactions is becoming a priority for public health programs involved in large scale-ups of new essential medicines. Under an interagency agreement between the US Food and Drug Administration and the US Agency for International Development (USAID), the SPS program assessed pharmacovigilance activities of 32 PHPs in sub-Saharan Africa. Poster displayed at the International AIDS 2012 conference in Washington DC, 22nd-27th July 2012.

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