South Africa: Our Impact

 {Photo: SIAPS South Africa}The biometric scanner recognizes a patient’s fingerprint at a Tshwane clinic.Photo: SIAPS South Africa

By Bright Phiri, Katelyn Payne, Sifiso Mahlaba, and Jean-Pierre Sallet Enhancing patient recordkeeping in Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality

 {Photo Credit: KZN PPSD}The KZN Provincial Pharmaceutical Supply Depot.Photo Credit: KZN PPSD

The KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) Provincial Pharmaceutical Supply Depot (PPSD) procures and supplies pharmaceuticals to approximately 550 health facilities in the South African province. In July 2013, it took the PPSD an average of 27 days to process and prepare for dispatch a health facility’s main order for medicine. The PPSD was therefore faced with a pressing question: How can we reduce the time to complete a facility’s main order?

 {Video screenshot}MSH and partners developed the Pharmaceutical Leadership Development Program (PLDP) in South Africa in 2011.Video screenshot

Strong leadership and management are important factors in the delivery of quality health services, efficient use of resources, and achievement of positive health outcomes.

 {Photo credit: MSH}Tshoeu, skeptical at first, now encourages others to access health care.Photo credit: MSH

The role of community leaders in the response to tuberculosis (TB) in South Africa cannot be overrated. Approximately 500,000 of the country’s residents acquire active TB every year. South Africa also faces treatment adherence challenges, partially due to the stigma associated with TB in communities: nearly one in five patients with multiple‐drug resistant TB do not complete their course of medication.

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

For more than eight years, the Supply Chain Management System (SCMS) has been saving lives through stronger supply chains. Funded by the US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), SCMS is supporting rapid scale-up of HIV/AIDS programs, creating a reliable global supply chain where none existed, leveraging economies of scale to reduce costs, and serving as an emergency provider of choice for AIDS programs. SCMS is managed by the non-profit Partnership for Supply Chain Management (PFSCM)—a partnership of John Snow, Inc. (JSI), and Management Sciences for Health (MSH).

Dihlabeng Hospital pharmacy personnel and MSH South Africa staff accepting the Centre for Public Sector Innovation award: (bottom L-R) Mrs. A. Marais, Mr. J-P. Sallet, (top L-R) Mrs. M. Khulu, Mr. M. Zuma, Mr. R. Nelson, and Mr. D. Putzier.

How do you measure the overall health of an organization? Evaluating a person’s health is relatively easy – doctors around the world agree on the basic concepts of physical health, and measurements and standards have been well established for “ideal” height, weight, blood pressure, heart rate, and other components of health.

The Management Sciences for Health (MSH) global team of over 2,300 people from more than 70 nations is commemorating World AIDS Day 2012 in over 30 country offices around the world, including Nigeria, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Afghanistan, Ethiopia, South Africa, Uganda, Haiti, and the United States.On World AIDS Day, MSH Nigeria, in collaboration with the Discovery Channel Global Education Partnership, Chevron, and Access Bank Plc, will be hosting a launch of the award-winning film titled “INSIDE STORY: The Science of HIV/AIDS” in Lagos, Nigeria.

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More than ten years after gaining independence and holding its first democratic elections, South Africa has made substantial development gains and boasts a growing economy. Despite these achievements, South Africa still faces the largest HIV-positive population in the world. Apartheid is no longer law, yet the health system still retains many inequities from that era. A major challenge for the government of South Africa is improving the accessibility and quality of basic health services.

Facilitators Tumi Molongoana and Sue Putter engage the Bona Bona Team in Workshop 2 of the Free State - Northern Cape Group October 2011. {Photo credit: Ian Thiessen/MSH.}Photo credit: Ian Thiessen/MSH.

Pharmacy managers in South Africa are often overwhelmed trying to address several daunting workplace challenges at once, such as making sure there is an adequate supply of pharmaceuticals managing efficient quantification of needs and ensuring the optimal use of medicines.

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