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 {Photo credit: MSH}Mexican midwives, Amalia Sánchez Gómez (left) and Sebastiana Vázquez Gómez (right), with the FCI Program of MSH's Ariadna Capasso (center).Photo credit: MSH

Midwives are making a difference in the world. This was the resounding theme from last week’s Congress hosted by the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM). Toronto, Canada, opened its doors to more than 4,000 midwives, leaders, and advocates from more than 114 countries. They brought their passion and commitment for improving maternal and newborn health worldwide.

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. 

{Photo credit: NEX Noticias de Ciencia / CC BY-SA}Photo credit: NEX Noticias de Ciencia / CC BY-SA

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.

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