Archive Democratic Republic of Congo

Systems for Improved Access to Pharmaceuticals and Services: Malaria Quarterly Update – January—March 2016

Working closely with the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) in both Washington and PMI- focus countries, the US Agency for International Development (USAID)-funded Systems for Improved Access to Pharmaceuticals and Services (SIAPS) Program aims to ensure the availability of quality pharmaceutical products and effective pharmaceutical services in support of PMI objectives. To this end, and based … Read more

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Facilitating Adherence to Amoxicillin Dispersible Tablets for the Treatment of Childhood Pneumonia

The purpose of this study is to determine the feasibility, acceptability and user friendliness of job aids and dispensing envelopes for facilitating increased adherence to amoxicillin dispersible tablets (DT) for treatment of childhood pneumonia among community health workers (CHWs), facility based health workers and caregivers of children.

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Analysis of Bottlenecks Related to Demand, Supply, and Use of Antibiotics for the Treatment of Neonatal Sepsis in the DRC

This study was initiated by the Direction de la Santé de la Famille et de Groupes Spécifiques (D10) and the Ministry of Public Health and carried out with technical and financial assistance from the Systems for Improved Access to Pharmaceuticals and Services (SIAPS) and Integrated Health Project (PROSANI-Plus) implemented by Management Sciences for Health (MSH). … Read more

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DRC Moves to Improve Access to Life-Saving Commodities for Mothers and Children

For the first time in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), 13 life-saving health commodities for mothers and children have been included in the National Health Development Plan (NHDP). These medicines are recommended by the United Nations Commission on Life-Saving Commodities for Women and Children (UNCoLSC). The move by the Ministry of Public Health … Read more

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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

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

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PMI Coordinator Visits SIAPS-DRC

The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), with one highest malaria incidence rates in the world, is a priority country for the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI). PMI has played a major role in the country’s fight against malaria, having dedicated $50m toward eliminating the disease in DRC over the last five years. PMI Coordinator Rear … Read more

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Malaria PMI Quarterly Updates April-June 2015

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 1 malaria mortality rates fell by 47% globally, and by 54% in Africa between 2000 and 2013. During this period, an estimated 4.3 million malaria deaths were averted globally, primarily as a result of the scale-up of interventions. However, much remains to be done. Although 55 countries are … Read more

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University of Kinshasa unveils DRC’s first-ever strategic plan for pharmacist training

On June 10, 2015, the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences (FOPS) of the University of Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) officially presented its first-ever strategic plan to the Ministry of Higher Education. The strategic plan lays out a FOPS curriculum for the 2016-2020 period, and was developed with the technical and financial assistance … Read more

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Recommendations for Advancing Pharmacy Education in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Management Sciences for Health (MSH) identified the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) as one of the partners in the Systems for Improved Access to Pharmaceuticals and Services (SIAPS) program proposal funded by the US Agency for International Development (USAID). ACPE is the national accreditation agency for quality assurance of pharmacy education in the United … Read more

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