SIAPS highlights the challenge of medicines access at the 2014 Mini-University

Each spring the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health sponsor the Global Health Mini-University, a day-long forum for global health professionals and students. The event features a variety of sessions on areas such as HIV/AIDS, family planning, and health systems. This past year, … Read more

Universal Health Coverage Conference to Take Place in South Africa

From September 28 to 30, 2014, global experts will convene in Cape Town, South Africa, in a meeting organized by Management Sciences for Health (MSH) with funding from SIAPS to start a dialogue on medicines and universal health coverage (UHC). At last year’s meeting, it became clear that many national UHC plans do not give priority … Read more

Improving Maternal Health: Strengthening Procurement Systems at the Subnational Level

Beth Yeager and Sheena Patel Expanding access to essential maternal medicines saves mothers’ lives. But access to life-saving maternal medicines requires an effective supply chain that delivers the right medicines to the right people at the right times. In many countries, weak pharmaceutical management systems are unable to meet the challenges of providing access to … Read more

The West Africa Regional Project Dashboard: Better information for Better Decision Making

Alerts of stock-outs of life-saving medicines for antiretroviral therapy (ART) and treating opportunistic infections have emerged from a number of countries in West Africa. Several root causes of stock-outs have been identified such as poor coordination and information sharing among partners. The West Africa HIV and AIDS Regional Dashboard, called HIV and AIDS Commodity Tracking … Read more