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After five years of partnership with the Rwandan Ministry of Health, the Integrated Health Systems Strengthening Project (IHSSP) is drawing to a close. The project, leaders from the MSH home office, USAID Rwanda, and local and international partners gathered in Kigali on November 13 to celebrate the project’s many successes and share the wealth of knowledge it generated. Dr. Agnes Binagwaho, Rwanda’s Minister of Health, thanked MSH for the support it provided, which she said, “…enabled us to accelerate health progress and helped us to achieve our vision.”

Chronic diseases account for about 28 percent of deaths in sub-Saharan Africa, and by 2030 they will kill nearly twice as many people in the region as they do today. In Uganda, screening for cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and other illnesses remains limited despite the availability of inexpensive and effective diagnostic techniques.

{Photo credit: Warren Zelman, Ethiopia.}Photo credit: Warren Zelman, Ethiopia.

This story originally appeared on SIAPSProgram.org. 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 the Systems for Improved Access to Pharmaceuticals and Services (SIAPS) Program/Ethiopia's transformative APTS system—the first time a pharmacy area was selected as part of the annual review meeting agenda.

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