Focus on Priority and Emerging Health Issues


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 priority and emerging health issues to strengthen health systems.

SIAPS Voices series

“You can’t achieve UHC without thinking about gender”
In public health, when you’re designing an intervention you’re trying to think broadly about what’s going to help the whole population. But you also need to pay special attention to vulnerable groups, including groups that derive their vulnerability from their gender.  In a broad sense, it’s about equity.  Read the interview>>

In Human v. Tuberculosis, Humans Have the Advantage
TB is now the number one infectious disease killer, causing more deaths than HIV/AIDs according to the WHO’s Global Tuberculosis Report 2016. Many people have not been diagnosed and so are not reached for treatment, particularly children. However, new child friendly medicine formulations to treat TB have emerged and are encouraging. Read the interview>>

SIAPS Tools for Tuberculosis

SIAPS Developed a Web-Based Tool for Managing Information Needed by National TB Control Programs
Although international guidelines for tuberculosis (TB) control are standardized, country TB programs are often unable to properly manage the data needed for following the guidelines, resulting in poorly timed interventions. e-TB Manager integrates data across all aspects of TB control, including information on suspects, patients, medicines, laboratory testing, diagnoses, treatments, and outcomes. Read more>>

SIAPS Developed an Electronic Quantification and Early Warning System to Improve Procurement Processes and Planning for TB Treatment
Ensuring that patients have continuous access to tuberculosis (TB) treatment requires complex projections and calculations by program staff. To address this challenge, SIAPS has created QuanTB, a downloadable desktop tool, to transform complicated calculations into user friendly graphs displaying key information for managing medicines. When used on a regular basis, QuanTB serves as an early warning system, providing information on actual versus planned consumption, potential expiries, and stock-outs of medicines. Read more>>


SIAPS Guides for Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health

Quantification of Health Commodities: RMNCH Supplement
This guide will assist program managers, service providers, and technical experts in quantifying commodity needs for the 13 reproductive, maternal, newborn, and child health commodities prioritized by the UN Commission on Life-Saving Commodities for Women and Children. Read more>>

Guidance for Planning the Introduction of New Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health Medicines and Supplies
The purpose of this document is to provide guidance to program managers in ministries of health at national and sub-national levels as well as personnel in other interested organizations on actions to take and factors to consider when expanding access to essential RMNCH commodities. Read more>>


SIAPS Lessons in Malaria

Ending Malaria for Good: Systems Strengthened, Lessons Learned
Accelerating progress and scale-up of proven malaria interventions requires addressing systems-level challenges that further exacerbate the existing threats to malaria control. Increasing availability of medicines, for example, requires a strong supply chain; however, ensuring equitable access, transparent and accountable management, rational use, and appropriate surveillance of those medicines requires a strong pharmaceutical system as a whole. Read more>>

Lessons Learned: Technical Assistance for the Supply of Antimalarial Medicines in Latin America and the Caribbean
Despite the implicit complexities in supplying medicines in low-incidence situations, approaches described in this publication have allowed the maintenance of a continuous supply of antimalarials. The availability in the central stores has been maintained above 80% since 2012. Furthermore, the regional information system and special studies that have been carried out have allowed the identification of problems that still persist and their potential solutions. Read more>>