Pharmaceutical Management: Our Impact

On April 21 and 22, 2012, Management Sciences for Health (MSH) will participate in the 9th annual Global Health and Innovation Conference, presented by Unite For Sight, at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. This “must-attend, thought-leading” conference brings together leaders, change makers, and participants from all fields of global health, international development, and social entrepreneurship.Two MSH staff will present at the conference.

With an increasing number of individuals in African countries having access to essential medicines, there is a greater need to monitor and promote safety, quality, and effectiveness of medicines. The burden of adverse events from poor product quality, adverse drug reactions, and medication errors pose great challenges to health care systems, besides the impact on morbidity and mortality.

With support from USAID, Management Sciences for Health (MSH) is helping Afghans rebuild their pharmaceutical sector for lasting health impact. The Strengthening Pharmaceutical Systems (SPS) Afghanistan Associate Award Program, led by MSH and funded by USAID, bolsters Afghanistan’s Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) and its agencies through functional analysis, technical assistance, capacity assessment, and capacity building. Clarifying Roles and Responsibility

Gabriel Chima. {Photo credit: MSH.}Photo credit: MSH.

The USAID-supported Prevention Organizational Systems AIDS Care and Treatment (ProACT) project provides HIV & AIDS treatment, care and community outreach with a full complement of laboratory services in 25 comprehensive care and treatment centers in six Nigerian States: Adamawa, Kogi, Kwara, Kebbi, Niger and Taraba States.

John Tiva Joseph. {Photo credit: MSH.}Photo credit: MSH.

USAID-funded PEPFAR Health Professionals Fellow and laboratory scientist, John Tiva Joseph, returned home from his training determined to improve HIV diagnostic services at his laboratory. Joseph shared what he learned as a PEPFAR Fellow with his antiretroviral therapy (ART) team at General Hospital, Michika, in Adamawa State, Nigeria.

BU School of Public Health Pharmaceutical SymposiumFriday, February 3, 2012   1:00 - 7:00 pm   Boston University (BU) School of Public Health 72 E. Concord Street, 14th Floor, Hiebert LoungePresented by Pharmaceuticals Program, BU School of Public Health, in partnership with Health Sector Management, BU School of Management, this event brings together a diverse selection of industry and academic experts from the Boston area.Featuring   4:00 pm Keynote by Jonathan D.

A team of technicians from the Dominican Republic Ministry of Public Health meet with MSH/SPS consultants. {Photo: MSH.}Photo: MSH.

Medicinal and pharmaceutical public health interventions have less impact when shortages or losses occur. Health program supply managers frequently find themselves seeking the answers to two questions: (1) How many months' supply of medicines do I have in my warehouse?

Madaripur Sadar is one of 483 upazilas (or sub-districts) in Bangladesh that have installed the Upazila Inventory Management System (UIMS) -- a computer program developed by the USAID | DELIVER PROJECT and updated by Management Sciences for Health's (MSH's) Strengthening Pharmaceutical Systems (SPS) Program for Bangladesh's Directorate General of Family Planning (DGFP).With a total of 101 service delivery points, Madaripur Sadar is a large upazilla in terms of family planning area coverage and the number of field workers deployed.

The DGFP team stand with SCIP awards from the Digital Innovation Fair. (Photo Credit: MSH.}he DGFP team stand with SCIP awards from the Digital Innovation Fair. (Photo Credit: MSH.

Over the past few decades, USAID has supported strengthening the supply chain management system in Bangladesh to ensure reproductive health commodity security. To ensure that patients receive medicines and commodities when they need them, the pharmaceutical supply chain must be both efficient and effective.

 {Photo credit: MSH.}Securing Ugandans' Right to Essential Medicines (Uganda SURE) Chief of Party Birna Trap.Photo credit: MSH.

Securing Ugandans' Right to Essential Medicines (Uganda SURE), a five-year project that began in 2009, expands access to essential medicines and health commodities through reforming and harmonizing the national supply system and building local capacity to manage that system. MSH spoke with Chief of Party Birna Trap about how the USAID-funded program, led by MSH, is addressing pharmaceutical challenges in Uganda. What was the pharmaceutical supply situation in Uganda before SURE began? And what is the situation today?

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