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November 2015 SIAPS/SCMS/BLC Newsletter

In this issue:

  • Forecasting Essential Commodity Requirements to Achieve Universal ART Coverage in Namibia by 2019
  • Namibia Adopts New WHO-recommended Antiretroviral and Anti-TB medicines
  • Preventing Antimicrobial Resistance and Hospital Acquired Infections: A SIAPS Collaboration with Namibia’s School of Medicine
  • Incorporating a Pharmaceutical Supply Chain Module into Pharmacist Assistants’ Pre-service Training for Better Management of Commodities for HIV and Other Disease Conditions
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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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April 2015 SIAPS/SCMS/BLC Newsletter

In this issue:

  • Piloting Mobile Phone Messaging Services to Enhance Patient Adherence to Antiretroviral Treatment
  • Information on Antiretroviral and Other Medicines Registered in Namibia Now Available on a Web-based Platform
  • BLC Disburses a Capacity Development Grant to Tonata to Improve Service Delivery by the Network of PLHIV in Namibia
  • Synergy with UNAM’s School of Medicine in Building Local Expertise for Preventing Antimicrobial Resistance
  • First Class of Pharmacists Graduates from the SIAPS-supported School of Pharmacy in Namibia
  • Inaugural Pharmacist Assistant Forum: A New Platform for Disseminating Pharmaceutical Services Information for Decision-making in Namibia
  • Effective Global Fund Grant Management for Improved HIV/AIDS Service Delivery
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Strengthening Pre-service Pharmacy Training on Rational Medicine Use and Antimicrobial Resistance

The World Health Organization  and The International Conference on Rational Use of Medicines  have recommended pre-service education of health professionals as a key intervention to improve the use of medicines and contain antimicrobial resistance (AMR). Pre-service training is a cost-effective, sustainable, and health system strengthening intervention.

Curriculum reform efforts to enhance training on rational medicine use (RMU) and AMR should pay particular attention to ensuring that the right topics are integrated and the right teaching-learning methodologies are adopted. The USAID-funded Systems for Improved Access to Pharmaceuticals and Services (SIAPS) program supports pre-service education by strengthening both of these aspects of curriculum reform. Recognizing the value of students’ active participation in acquiring knowledge and skills, major advocacy efforts and trends show a push for the implementation of student-centered approaches that involve case-based and problem-oriented self-directed learning (SDL).

SIAPS recently provided technical assistance to the University of Namibia (UNAM) School of Pharmacy to strengthen their pre-service BPharm training on rational medicine use (RMU) and AMR.

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August 2013 SIAPS/SCMS/BLC Newsletter

The SIAPS/SCMS/BLC Namibia e-Newsletter is a monthly newsletter that keeps you abreast of activities fundedby the USAID and implemented by MSH Namibia. Key focus areas are strengthening health systems, capacity building, and human resource development.

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