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Laboratory Information Management and Utilization Training

The training materials in this compilation were developed by technical advisors from SIAPS. The training was conducted in November 2014. This will serve as a guide for trainings in LIMU. Sessions follow the spectrum of information management from data organization, analysis, and interpretation to the utilization of information for information sharing, planning, and decision making. A stakeholder analysis, which is important to prepare and disseminate audience-specific reports, is also included.

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Human Resource Capacity Development for ART and Pharmaceutical Services in Namibia, October 2014-September 2015

SIAPS Namibia applied the capacity building approach to support the Ministry of Health and Social Services to enhance the capacity of two local training institutions—UNAM-SoP and the NHTC—to train pharmacists and PAs, respectively. With SIAPS technical assistance for defining a career path for PAs, UNAM-SoP started training pharmacy technicians, a new cadre in Namibia. SIAPS also continued its efforts to enhance the capacity of individuals through pre- and in-service training to ensure that health workers have adequate skills to administer quality pharmaceutical services. The capacity building interventions were done through training workshops and on-the-job technical assistance provided during support supervisory visits (SSVs) and remotely.

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Leadership Development Program Training to Strengthen Pharmaceutical Management in Sierra Leone

In May 2017, SIAPS held a Leadership Development Program (LDP) training to build the capacity of the Directorate of Drugs and Medical Supplies (DDMS), district and hospital pharmacists, and SIAPS field staff. It was the first such training in the country.  The program aims to train pharmacists on basic principles and practices of good leadership, management, and governance to help them identify challenges like system and budget constraints—and to lead their teams in handling them with maximum efficiency, collaboration, and transparency. Another training goal is to help pharmaceutical managers optimize the SIAPS-supported Continuous Results Monitoring and Support System (CRMS), which has been implemented nationwide. The training created a pool of local LDP facilitators who can extend their knowledge to other DDMS staff and to pharmacists throughout all 13 districts in Sierra Leone.

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Selected Review of Training Approaches in the SIAPS Program: Bangladesh and Ethiopia Country Reports

Between 2011 and 2015, the SIAPS Program has trained more than 38,000 people in 20 countries. To understand the training approaches used and the results of the training, the SIAPS Program performed a multi-country review of individual capacity-building approaches. The objective of this review is to summarize the types of training that have been used by the SIAPS Program and examine the effects of the training on individual capacity.  SIAPS Bangladesh and Ethiopia were selected for an in-depth review of SIAPS training activities.  In Bangladesh and Ethiopia, participatory training methods with post-training practices and supervisory support were found more helpful than others. Most respondents also identified improved staff knowledge, skills, quality of work, and performance of the system as resulting from SIAPS training and interventions.

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Systems for Improved Access to Pharmaceuticals and Services: Malaria Quarterly Update – January—March 2016

Working closely with the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) in both Washington and PMI- focus countries, the US Agency for International Development (USAID)-funded Systems for Improved Access to Pharmaceuticals and Services (SIAPS) Program aims to ensure the availability of quality pharmaceutical products and effective pharmaceutical services in support of PMI objectives. To this end, and based on the PMI’s priorities, SIAPS endeavors to improve pharmaceutical governance, build capacity to manage malaria products while addressing the information needed for managing them, strengthen financing strategies and mechanisms to improve access to malaria medicines, and improve the quality of pharmaceutical services provided to malaria patients.

The SIAPS technical approach emphasizes health systems strengthening with a special focus on improving metrics, monitoring and evaluation (M&E), developing the capacity of local governments and organizations, and increasing country ownership. Through this approach, SIAPS aims to promote the availability and use of malaria products, including artemisinin-based combination therapy (ACT), rapid diagnostic tests (RDT), and medicines for severe malaria. At the country level, SIAPS collaborates with national malaria control programs and Central Medical Stores (CMS) to develop and implement strategies to strengthen pharmaceutical management to prevent and improve case management of malaria. Areas supported by SIAPS include: training; quantification; strengthening supply chain systems, including logistics management information; community and malaria case management; rational use; and medication safety. SIAPS works to strengthen malaria pharmaceutical management at the national level in Angola, Burundi, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Ethiopia, Guinea, Mali, Niger, and South Sudan. In addition, SIAPS provides regional support in Latin America.

This report describes the major activities that SIAPS conducted at the global level and in each of the countries and region mentioned above between January and March 2016.

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“Continuing Pharmaceutical Education: Guide to Establishing Quality Assured and Accredited Programs”

“Continuing Pharmaceutical Education: Guide to Establishing Quality Assured and Accredited Programs” aims to establish and/or improve systems for the quality assurance and accreditation of continuing education/continuing professional development (CE/CPD) activities. The document outlines the rationale and framework for establishing CE/CPD programs, as well as the necessary elements for these programs to be effective, including: 1) The development of a quality-assured process; 2) Ensuring the quality of training activities; and 3) Establishing a CE/CPD accreditation body.
To assist in the practical application of these points, the guide provides criteria and standards for accreditation bodies, as well as checklists for assessing the quality of CE/CPD activities.
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SIAPS Supply Chain Management Training: Report

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID)’s Systems for Improved Access to Pharmaceuticals and Services (SIAPS) program, implemented by Management Sciences for Health, and its predecessor programs have provided technical assistance (TA) support to strengthen public health pharmaceutical management systems in countries around the world for about a decade and a half.

A significant proportion of SIAPS TA support to countries is for strengthening health supply chains for HIV and AIDS, tuberculosis (TB), malaria, and maternal, newborn and child health (MNCH) programs. The TA support involves developing and implementing appropriate country or regional strategies and interventions to close gaps and bottlenecks in key supply chain functional areas––quantification, procurement, warehouse (storage) and distribution management, inventory management, logistics management information systems (LMIS), transportation, and waste management. Through this effort, SIAPS has contributed to improvements in supply chain operations, responsiveness, and effectiveness, thus ensuring availability to patients of essential health commodities.

Human resource capacity development is critical to SIAPS mission. SIAPS would like to enhance supply chain staff capability in areas such as framing supply chain strategies, developing, implementing and applying appropriate key performance indicators to monitor effectiveness of tailored TA approaches and interventions for addressing gaps in various supply chain functional areas.

To this end, SIAPS conducted a three-day supply chain management capacity development workshop for its technical staff involved in supply chain efforts.

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Malaria PMI Quarterly Updates April-June 2015

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 1 malaria mortality rates fell by 47% globally, and by 54% in Africa between 2000 and 2013. During this period, an estimated 4.3 million malaria deaths were averted globally, primarily as a result of the scale-up of interventions. However, much remains to be done. Although 55 countries are on track to reduce their malaria case incidence rates by 75%, in line with the World Health Assembly and Roll Back Malaria (RBM) targets for 2015, these countries account for only 3% of all malaria cases.

Working closely with the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) in both Washington and PMI focus countries, the USAID-funded Systems for Improved Access to Pharmaceuticals and Services (SIAPS) Program aims to ensure the availability of quality pharmaceutical products and effective pharmaceutical services in support of PMI objectives. To this end, and based on the PMI’s priorities, SIAPS endeavors to: improve pharmaceutical governance; build capacity to manage malaria products while addressing the information needed for managing them; strengthen financing strategies and mechanisms to improve access to malaria medicines; and improve the quality of pharmaceutical services provided to malaria patients.

Areas supported by SIAPS include: training; quantification; strengthening supply chain systems, including logistics management information; community and malaria case management; rational use; and medication safety. SIAPS works to strengthen malaria pharmaceutical management at the national level in Angola, Burundi, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Ethiopia, Guinea, Mali, and South Sudan. In addition, SIAPS provides regional support in Latin America.

This report briefly describes the major activities that SIAPS conducted at the global level and in each of the countries and region mentioned above between April and June 2015.

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Piloting Framework Agreements for Procurements in Ukraine

The introduction of framework agreements for the 2015 public health care procurements in the Poltava and Dnipropetrovsk oblasts of Ukraine reduces the risk of stock-out and helps employees more efficiently use their time by creating more flexible, shorter procurement procedures, while decreasing the opportunity for corruption. These framework agreements, the first to be used for […]

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Promoting the Prevention of Antimicrobial Resistance in Ohangwena Region, Namibia

SIAPS supported the University of Namibia School of Medicine (UNAM-SOM) to facilitate a continuing professional development (CPD) activity with health practitioners and regional management teams in Namibia’s Ohangwena region on strategies to combat antimicrobial resistance (AMR), including HIV drug resistance (HIV-DR), and the use of early warning indicators (EWI) for early detection and action. The UNAM facilitator at the CPD activity was a participant of the AMR/rational medicines use (RMU) workshop in 2013. A total of 25 participants including nurses, doctors, and pharmacy personnel were trained in AMR, HIV-DR, and EWIs. At the end of the one-day workshop, the participants designed an action plan to promote activities for reducing the development of AMR in their respective districts and health facilities.

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