Last Mile, Last Patient: The Challenges of Supplying Antimalarial Medicines in Low-incidence Settings

By Edgar Barillas, Portfolio Manager; and Claire Dunn, Senior Project Associate Many countries in Central and South America have made significant progress toward eliminating malaria. Between 2000 and 2012, 13 countries in the Americas saw malaria incidence rates drop by more than 75%.[1] Argentina, Belize, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Mexico, and Paraguay have all … Read more

Scaling Up Integrated Community Case Management in Burundi

The Burundi SIAPS team, in a one-MSH initiative led by Pascaline Harerimana and assisted by SIAPS Principal Technical Advisor Jane Briggs, supported the Burundi’s Ministry of Health (MoH) National Malaria Control Program to evaluate their pilot of community case management of malaria.  The objective was to inform the requirements for expanding services to include malaria, diarrhea, … Read more

SIAPS in the News

SIAPS Guinea was recently featured on the website,, in recognition of its work training staff at the Central Pharmacy of Guinea (PCG) in best practices for pharmaceutical management. PGC’s Director General, Dr. Moussa Konaté, opened the training sessions by emphasizing the responsibility of the Central Pharmacy to properly manage essential generic medicines to ensure optimum health … Read more

e-TB Manager: Strengthening Health Systems, Improving Public Health

Weak health information systems are a bottleneck for effective tuberculosis (TB) control. The emergence of drug‐resistant TB (DR-TB) increases the need for tools that allows effectively managed information on diagnosing, prescribing practices, treatment, and rational medicines use, while also supporting uninterrupted availability of anti-TB medicines. e-TB Manager is a system-strengthening, comprehensive electronic web-based information system, developed … Read more

Bringing an AIDS-Free Generation One Step Closer in West Africa

By: Jean Bedel Evi Antiretroviral (ARV) medicines are a matter of life or death for people who are HIV-positive.  In West Africa, the US Agency for International Development (USAID)-funded Systems for Improved Access to Pharmaceuticals and Services (SIAPS) is working to make sure people have uninterrupted access to these life-saving medicines. With support provided by the US President’s Emergency Plan … Read more