Estrategias basadas en evidencia para la racionalización de la lista de medicamentos de alto costo en la Republica Dominicana

El Ministerio de Salud Pública (MSP) de República Dominicana organizó el Programa de Medicamentos de Alto Costo (PMAC) en 2008[i] con el propósito de facilitar atenciones clínicas a pacientes con patologías de muy baja prevalencia y alto costo de tratamiento, como cánceres refractarios a tratamientos convencionales, artritis reumatoide, hepatitis C y trasplante renal, entre otras. … Read more

Evidence-based strategies for the rationalization of the list of high-cost medicines in the Dominican Republic

The Ministry of Public Health (Ministerio de Salud Pública, or MSP) of the Dominican Republic organized the High-Cost Medicines Program (Programa de Medicamentos de Alto Costo, or PMAC) in 2008[i] to facilitate clinical care for patients with very rare diseases and high-cost treatment, such as cancers unresponsive to conventional treatments, rheumatoid arthritis, hepatitis C, and … Read more

From policies to patients: Handling antibiotics with care across the pharmaceutical system

This week, the global health and development community is commemorating the first World Antibiotic Awareness Week. Spearheaded by the World Health Organization (WHO) to raise global awareness on the magnitude, reach, and severity of antibiotic resistance; the event comes at a time when  resistance to many antimicrobials, not just antibiotics, has now escalated to pandemic … Read more

Ethiopia: Oromia Regional Council ratifies APTS regulation

On October 30, 2015, proposed regulations for implementation of the Auditable Pharmaceutical Transactions and Services (APTS) system were unanimously enacted by the Oromia Regional Council. The Council accepted all articles of the regulation and recommended immediate implementation of APTS in the region. APTS is a package of data-driven interventions that support a continuous supply of essential medicines, … Read more

Defeating pneumonia: Considering both providers and caregivers in achieving medication adherence

More than 900,000 children die of pneumonia each year. Many of these cases go undiagnosed and untreated. The countdown to 2015 report notes that only 54% of children with pneumonia symptoms are taken to a health care provider, while the Global Action Plan for Pneumonia and Diarrhea reports that only 31% of children with suspected … Read more

Ukraine’s Ministry of Health highlights SIAPS pharmacovigilance tool at WHO meeting

At the 38th Annual Meeting of Representatives of National Pharmacovigilance Centres participating in the WHO Programme for International Drug Monitoring, held in New Delhi, India from 4-6 November, Olena Matvieieva from Ukraine’s Ministry of Health (MOH) presented the ways in which SIAPS and the MOH are working to improve the methodology and systems for passive … Read more

New Global Health eLearning Course published on antimicrobial resistance

The second in the series, the newly published, SIAPS-authored course on Antimicrobial Resistance expands upon the concepts presented in Part 1 and explains the major factors that contribute to the development and spread of antimicrobial resistance. The course also explores some of the proven interventions and global strategies currently being used to combat AMR, reviews … Read more

National Pneumonia Day in DRC

The Ministry of Health (MoH) in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)—with support from USAID through the Integrated Health Project and SIAPS Program, as well as UNICEF and other partners—has organized a National Pneumonia Day to raise awareness of pneumonia prevention and management.  DRC’s National Pneumonia Day falls on November 12, coinciding with World Pneumonia Day. … Read more

Every breath counts: Improve health outcomes for pneumonia through better access to pharmaceuticals and services

Pneumonia is the leading infectious disease killer of children under five, killing more than 900,000 children— the vast majority in South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa— every year. Reductions in childhood pneumonia deaths lag behind reductions in deaths due to malaria, diarrhea, measles and AIDS, and many of these children die because of delays in care … Read more

Institutionalizing e-TB Manager as a national TB registry in Ukraine

Ukraine has the second-highest burden of TB in the European region. According to the Ukraine’s Ministry of Health, TB is the leading cause of death from infectious diseases in the country. Ukraine’s efforts at TB control use a mix of standardized approaches, including Stop TB strategies, as well as directly observed therapy short-course (DOTS) guidelines … Read more