Archive Pharmaceutical System

Now available: “What Gets Defined, Gets Measured” Webinar Recording

On Wednesday, December 6, SIAPS presented its webinar “What Gets Defined, Gets Measured: Definitions and a Framework for Measuring Pharmaceutical Systems Strengthening.” This webinar defined the terms “pharmaceutical system” and “pharmaceutical systems strengthening” and discussed the identification and piloting of indicators for pharmaceutical systems strengthening and the rationale for undertaking this work. Please find the … Read more


Creating Centers of Excellence in Ethiopia: Country Ownership and Sustainability

By Hailu Tadeg, SIAPS Country Project Director for Ethiopia Ethiopia’s public health system has undergone a remarkable expansion in the last five years.  The number of hospitals has increased from 116 in 2009 to 156 in 2014 with an additional 123 new hospitals  in the pipeline.  Additionally, the number of health centers has grown from … Read more

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Improving Health Outcomes in South Sudan: Managing Information to Maximize Resources

Ensuring the Availability of Life-Saving Commodities in a Fragile State In December 2013, the fragile peace that held the newly independent country of South Sudan collapsed into renewed fighting. Since then, violence has led to massive outflows of people to nearby Ethiopia and the economy has steadily deteriorated in the absence of oil revenues. Throughout … Read more

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Auditable Pharmaceutical Transactions and Services (APTS) Selected as Key Priority for Ethiopia’s Ministry of Health

This year’s National Annual Review led by Ethiopia’s Ministry of Health (MoH) brought together more than 850 health professionals from across the country to discuss the way forward  in public health for the coming year.  The MoH identified eight priority areas, one of them being SIAPS/Ethiopia’s transformative APTS system—the first time a pharmacy area was selected … Read more

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Another Step Forward in Governing the Pharmaceutical Sector in Swaziland

In Swaziland, SIAPS has been supporting the Ministry of Health in developing both the Pharmacy Bill to regulate the profession and practice of pharmacy, and the Medicines and Related Substances Bill to regulate the registration, importation, and use of medicines and related substances. The two bills have been passing through the legislative process and are … Read more

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An Innovative Way to Improve Medicine Availability at Clinics in Limpopo Province, South Africa

The support of Community Service Pharmacists (CSPs) in Limpopo province has contributed to improvements in medicine supply management and better compliance with quality standards at the primary health care (PHC) level. In 2013, the Systems for Improved Access to Pharmaceuticals and Services (SIAPS) program, funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), provided … Read more

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Pharmacovigilance Stakeholder Meeting Held in Ukraine

The State Expert Center of the Ukrainian Ministry of Health in collaboration with SIAPS held a meeting on strategic planning for strengthening the capacity of the pharmacovigilance system on December 12, 2012 in Kyiv. An effective pharmacovigilance system consists of proper ways of detecting, assessing, understanding and preventing adverse effects of medicines and medical products. … Read more

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