MSH Wins Five-Year Cooperative Agreement for Systems for Improved Access to Pharmaceuticals and Services Program

Management Sciences for Health (MSH) has been awarded by the US Agency for International Development (USAID) a five-year $197.9 million Cooperative Agreement, Systems for Improved Access to Pharmaceuticals and Services (SIAPS) Program, which is a follow-on to the current Strengthening Pharmaceutical Systems (SPS) Program.

The SIAPS Program will build on SPS’ achievements and will work to assure the availability of quality pharmaceutical products and effective pharmaceutical services to achieve desired health outcomes. The program will promote and use a systems-strengthening approach consistent with the Global Health Initiative (GHI) that will result in improved and sustainable health impact. SIAPS’ technical approach emphasizes GHI principles, especially improving metrics, monitoring, and evaluation; capacitating local governments and organizations; and increasing country ownership.

Toward this end, the SIAPS framework and result areas reflect the dynamic relationships among five health systems building blocks, with a pharmaceutical product overlay that guides technical content. The specific SIAPS results areas include:

  • Strengthening pharmaceutical sector governance
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  • Building individual, organizational, and institutional capacity for pharmaceutical supply management and services
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  • Addressing the information for decision-making challenge in the pharmaceutical sector
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  • Strengthening financing strategies and mechanisms to improve access to medicines
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  • Improving pharmaceutical services to achieve desired health outcomes

SIAPS’ core partner team includes the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute, Harvard School of Public Health, Logistics Management Institute, and the University of Washington’s Department of Global Health. In addition to these core partners, MSH is joined by a select group of organizations who will serve as specialized resource partners for SIAPS. They include the African Medical and Research Foundation, Ecumenical Pharmaceutical Network, Results for Development, RTT Group, VillageReach, and William Davidson Institute at the University of Michigan.

“This is a great opportunity for USAID and MSH to continue working together in supporting developing countries in their mission to ensure equitable access to quality pharmaceutical products and effective pharmaceutical services leading to better health outcomes, and improvements in the well being of the men, women and children in the countries we work” said Francis Aboagye-Nyame, SIAPS Program Director.

The SIAPS team is working to advance systems for improved access to pharmaceuticals and services for enhanced health outcomes.

Contact: Marie-Reine Maroun, Senior Communications Associate Center for Pharmaceutical Management 703-310-3428

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