Promoting better use of medicines through the establishment of a National Essential Medicines Committee in Swaziland

The WHO estimates that more than 50% of all medicines are prescribed, dispensed or sold inappropriately, and that 50% of all patients fail to take them correctly. The overuse, underuse or misuse of medicines—also known as irrational use of medicines—results in wastage of scarce resources, increased risk of adverse drug reactions, and widespread health hazards, … Read more

Georgia: Establishing a drug safety management and monitoring system for bedaquiline and other drugs

In April 2015, USAID and Janssen Therapeutics officially launched the bedaquiline donation initiative, under which Janssen committed to providing free bedaquiline to 30,000 patients with multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) over a four-year period. Bedaquiline is the first anti-TB medicine to be approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in more than 40 years, and is … Read more

At a glance: SIAPS by the numbers

SIAPS Program uses a health systems strengthening approach that supports and integrates all core functions of country health systems for greater health impact. Our new infographic provides an overview of select SIAPS interventions and results in line with six core functions: governance; capacity building; financing; information for decision-making; supply chain; and pharmaceutical services. Click here to view.