Fighting AMR in Resource-Limited Settings: Experiences in Swaziland

Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) threatens the ability of existing medications to successfully treat common infectious diseases. As microorganisms become resistant to standard treatment, patients remain infectious for longer and increase the risk of spreading the resistant microorganisms. More expensive therapies need to be used for a longer duration to tackle the disease increasing the burden on … Read more

Emergency procurements of HIV rapid test kits avert stock-outs in Lesotho

With more than 20% of Lesotho’s population living with HIV, the need to scale up preventive measures has been recognized as crucial in the country’s fight against the disease. Although the estimated number of new HIV infections per year decreased from 30,000 in 2005 to 26,000 in 2013, the country has historically experienced low levels of … Read more

SIAPS to Present at IAS 2015 Conference

Emmanuel Nfor, SIAPS Principal Technical Advisor and Head of the Supply Chain Management Cluster, will present today at the 8th Annual International AIDS Society Conference on HIV Pathogenisis, Treatment, and Prevention (IAS 2015). Nfor’s poster presentation focuses on improving supply chain management for antiretroviral therapy (ART) commodities among women and newborns in Cameroon, where unmet … Read more

Improving Service Delivery and Accountability: The Case of Bishoftu General Hospital

Dagnachew Hailemariam has worked at Bishoftu General Hospital for six years. The hospital, located 45 km south of Addis Ababa in the town of Bishoftu, is state-owned and provides service to between 400 and 500 patients per day. Likewise, the hospital pharmacy receives orders for around 400-500 prescriptions per day. “Six years ago, we were … Read more

First National Medicines Policy Launched in Haiti

On June 30th the Haitian Ministry of Public Health and Population (MSPP) launched the country’s first National Medicines Policy (NMP) in Port-au-Prince. The policy, developed by the Haitian MSPP with the support of SIAPS Program, establishes a framework for pharmaceutical regulation in the country. The launch was chaired by Haitian Prime Minister Evans Paul and … Read more

Interfacing RxSolution with a Biometric Verification System to Improve Patient Records Management in South Africa

Enhancing patient recordkeeping in Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality The City of Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality, located in the Gauteng Province, is the fifth-largest municipality in South Africa and home to over 2.9 million residents as well as the capital, Pretoria. The municipality operates 24 primary health care facilities providing access to health services, primarily to the uninsured … Read more

SIAPS Helps Uzbek Ministry of Health Improve LMIS for TB

In mid-June the USAID-funded SIAPS program assisted the Uzbek Ministry of Health in updating their Logistics Management and Information System (LMIS) for tuberculosis (TB) treatment medicines. Originally implemented in in 2003, the paper-based system was in need of major revisions, and in-country TB drug management specialists hadn’t been trained on the LMIS in over seven … Read more