Focus on: Human Resources Capacity


Comprehensive strategies and actions for monitoring the safety of medicines are essential to a well-functioning pharmaceutical sector. The links below highlight recent SIAPS Program work in building human resources capacity in health for resilient pharmaceutical systems.

Highlighted Tool: CRMS
Developed in 2009, initially to bolster malaria treatment, CRMS has proven valuable in tracking performance trends so that partners and stakeholders can come together to address service gaps. Its use has helped countries identify products delivery challenges and to strengthen supply systems, improve operations, ensure availability of resources and improve quality of data. It also allows health leaders to regularly measure progress in these areas.

Blog: Strengthening the Leadership and Management of Pharmaceutical Services in South Africa
In South Africa, the USAID funded SIAPS Program has provided technical assistance in leadership and management to improve the pharmaceutical sector. Through close collaboration with the government of South Africa, SIAPS adapted MSH’s Virtual Leadership Development Program (VLDP), creating the Pharmaceutical Leadership Development Program (PLDP). The PLDP combines technical pharmaceutical knowledge with training in leading and managing practices to better equip pharmacy managers to respond to challenges in their work environment and improve service delivery. Read more>>

Success Story: Pharmacist Assistants Alleviate the Shortage of Pharmacy Staff at Public Health Facilities in Namibia
The MoHSS National Health Training Centre (NHTC) has itself seen great success in recent years. With SIAPS Program assistance, an average of 25 PAs have graduated annually since 2012—a significant increase from the average of eight graduates in earlier years. SIAPS Program helped to provide technical assistance to NHTC to establish a quality management system for the PA training, enhance the skills of the tutors in facilitating, moderating and assessing students’ learning, establish a skills training laboratory, and orient the students on the use of the EDT for capturing information on ARVs dispensed to ART patients. Read more>>

Publication: Enhancing Health Outcomes for Chronic Diseases in Resource-Limited Settings by Improving the Use of Medicines: The Role of Pharmaceutical Care
This publication will help provide USAID health program managers, country counterparts (ministries of health, policy makers, educators, professional associations, health care managers, and providers), as well as other stakeholders with an understanding of how the introduction and expansion of pharmaceutical care can support the achievement of desired health outcomes for chronic diseases. This publication explains the approach used by USAID-funded SIAPS to strengthen the practice of pharmaceutical care in resource-constrained settings through building institutional and individual capacity in pharmaceutical systems and identifying appropriate roles for staff who provide medicines or medication-related services at each level. Read more>>

Featured Infographics

Pharmaceutical Training Pathways in Namibia (click to enlarge)
Examples of Quality Improvement Activities Implemented and Results Achieved (click to enlarge)

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