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Encouraging increased adherence to treatment standards through drug utilization reviews in Ukraine

When doctors and patients fail to adhere to proper standards of treatment, it results in a higher disease burden, including greater financial costs, mortality, and morbidity. In Ukraine, the need to encourage better adherence to standard treatment guidelines became clear in 2011, when a study by SIAPS Program’s  predecessor, the Strengthening Pharmaceutical Systems (SPS) Program, … Read more

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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

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Institutionalizing e-TB Manager as a national TB registry in Ukraine

Ukraine has the second-highest burden of TB in the European region. According to the Ukraine’s Ministry of Health, TB is the leading cause of death from infectious diseases in the country. Ukraine’s efforts at TB control use a mix of standardized approaches, including Stop TB strategies, as well as directly observed therapy short-course (DOTS) guidelines … Read more

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Administration of e-TB Manager Transferred to Ukrainian MoH

On October 16, SIAPS Program officially transferred administration of e-TB manager, a web-based TB information system, to the Ukrainian Ministry of Health (MoH). e-TB Manager was piloted in six Ukrainian oblasts in 2010 under SIAPS Program’s predecessor, the Strengthening Pharmaceutical Systems (SPS) Program, before a nationwide roll-out began in 2012. e-TB Manager is now an official information … Read more

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Nationwide roll-out of QuanTB in Uzbekistan

In September 2015, USAID’s Systems for Improved Access to Pharmaceuticals and Services (SIAPS) helped the Uzbek Ministry of Health (MOH) successfully complete a nationwide roll-out of QuanTB, a tuberculosis (TB) quantification tool. QuanTB is a downloadable desktop tool that transforms complicated calculations into a user-friendly dashboard displaying key information for managing medicines.  By serving as … Read more

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Strengthening TB Data and Commodities Management in the ECSA Region

The burden of tuberculosis (TB) is particularly high in Africa, where many overstretched health systems struggle to treat the disease with limited resources. According to the 2013 WHO Global Tuberculosis Report, approximately one-quarter of the world’s 8.6 million new TB cases in 2012 came from the African region. Making the problem more difficult is the … Read more

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QuanTB to be presented at the 5th Union Conference for the Asia Pacific Region

SIAPS Program’s QuanTB software will be presented on August 31 as part of the 5th regional Conference of The Asia Pacific Region of the International Union Against TB & Lung Disease in Sydney, Australia. It will be discussed during the Global Drug Facility session “Global Drug Facility as a global mechanism for sustainable access to quality assured MDR-TB medicines”. QuanTB is … Read more

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QuanTB 2.0 User Guides Now Available in French and Russian

The USAID-funded Systems for Improved Access to Pharmaceuticals and Services (SIAPS) program is excited to announce the launch of QuanTB 2.0 user guides in French and Russian. QuanTB is a downloadable electronic forecasting, quantification, and early warning tool designed to improve procurement processes, ordering, and planning for TB treatment. QuanTB transforms complicated calculations into a user-friendly … Read more

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Bangkok Commitments on TB Pharmaceutical Management, 2015

After a lively welcome reception, 77 participants representing National TB Programs from 15 countries, as well as partners and donors, spent a week learning from each other’s experiences during the 2015 Global TB Conference. The conference, titled “Building the Post-2015 Agenda: Novel Approaches to Improving Access to TB Medicines and Pharmaceutical Services”, was co-hosted by the … Read more

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Empowering Swaziland CMS Managers to Improve Operations Efficiency in the Warehousing and Distribution of Pharmaceuticals

Katelyn Payne, SIAPS Project Associate; Gashaw Shiferaw, SIAPS Senior Technical Advisor; Phetsile Dlamini, SIAPS Senior Technical Advisor; Kidwell Matshotyana, SIAPS Country Project Director; and Wonder Goredema, SIAPS Senior Technical Advisor Download this article as a PDF The double burden of HIV/AIDS and TB has exacerbated already high poverty rates in Swaziland, with 63% of the … Read more

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