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What is the evidence base for strengthening and sustaining responsive and resilient pharmaceutical systems? The USAID-funded Systems for Improved Access to Pharmaceuticals and Services (SIAPS) Program, led by MSH, is pleased to issue an open and global call for case studies of sustained improvements in pharmaceutical systems in low-and middle-income countries. The case studies should demonstrate how pharmaceutical systems strengthening strategies and actions have improved access to and appropriate use of pharmaceutical prodcucts and services for better health outcomes. 

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Devex has reported on the potential impact of US foreign aid cuts on effective programs for combating drug-resistant TB in Ukraine. Devex looks at strides that have been made since 2008 with the e-TB Manager—a web-based information management tool needed for TB control. The first digital health tool to be adopted by the government nationwide, the tool was implemented as part of the MSH-led, USAID-funded program, Systems for Improved Access to Pharmaceuticals and Services (SIAPS). The U.S. government has announced proposed cuts of about a third to foreign assistance spending.

MSH is working with Project C.U.R.E., an organization that provides donated medical supplies and equipment to developing countries around the world, to provide medical supplies and equipment to facilities in Haiti that were damaged by Hurricane Matthew in October 2016. For example, the main district hospital in Les Cayes, Immaculee Conception, lost its surgical unit and dental unit in the flooding and hurricane. Project C.U.R.E., MSH and Haiti Air Ambulance recently conducted needs assessments of facilities in Department Sud.

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