Pharmaceutical Management: Our Impact

The USAID-funded Strengthening Pharmaceutical Systems (SPS) Program, led by MSH, developed a governance paper to provide USAID health program managers; country-level policy makers, health care managers, and workers; and other stakeholders with an understanding of how governance issues permeate pharmaceutical management and influence the effectiveness of health programs.

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.

Medicines and supplies that can prevent and treat leading causes of maternal and child morbidity and mortality are widely known, yet millions of pregnant women and newborns cannot access these medicines and supplies when they need them most.USAID’s Systems for Improved Access to Pharmaceuticals and Services (SIAPS) Program, led by Management Sciences for Health (MSH), presented on systems for improving drug management at this year’s Asia Regional Meeting on Interventions for Impact in Essential Obstetric and Newborn Care.

Pharmacist Anitha Nduwimana at the Mutaho district pharmacy (photo credit: MSH).

USAID's regional program, the Amazon Malaria Initiative (AMI), was established to address malaria control in countries that form the Amazon Basin. Initial members included Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Peru, and Suriname. AMI and its partner organizations helped the countries introduce artemisinin-based combination therapies around 2006 to treat Plasmodium falciparum malaria, which causes the most severe malaria cases.

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.


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