Pharmaceutical Management: Our Impact

Nyamata hospital in Rwanda successfully cut down its quarterly medicine procurement budget by 2.7 million Rwandese Francs (12% of the budget) in a period of six months with support from USAID-funded Management Sciences for Health's Strengthening Pharmaceutical Systems (SPS) Program.

Liberian pharmacyAfter completing an assessment of the Liberian pharmaceutical supply management system, the USAID-funded Strengthening Pharmaceutical Systems Program (SPS) Program, led by Management Sciences for Health (MSH), in collaboration with the USAID/DELIVER Project identified the lack of skills and capacity to accurately order, receive, dispense, and quantify medicines.To address these problems, SPS trained county pharmacists in Liberia on how to correctly implement the pharmaceutical supply management system and to build the necessary skills to rollout the program within their counti

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In Ethiopia, 85 percent of the country’s 73.9 million people live in isolated rural areas, bringing significant challenges to HIV & AIDS testing and treatment programs. Yet despite these obstacles, the country has made significant strides. Within two years, the number of clients on active antiretroviral treatment tripled from 50,000 to 167,271.

On Wednesday, July 21, 2010, Dr. Edmund Rutta, Country Program Manager for the Strengthening Pharmaceutical Systems (SPS) Program, presented at the Management Sciences for Health (MSH), Global Health Council, and PATH Congressional Briefing entitled "Reaching Women and Children with Innovative Technologies." The event was held in conjunction with Representatives Albio Sires (NJ), Brian Baird (WA), Betty McCollum (MN), Barbara Lee (CA), Adam Smith (WA), Sheila Jackson Lee (TX), and Jim McDermott (WA) to a full standing room of over 100 guests, including two Members of Congress. Dr.

Dispensing medication with bare hands is a global issue. Despite numerous informal campaigns, the bare hand counting of medicines remains fairly common in Africa, Central Asia, South East Asia, and several Latin American and Caribbean countries. Even if medicines are of good quality, they are often counted out with bare hands. As a result, medicines can become contaminated and may not work properly, leading to possibly serious health implications. A comprehensive approach to addressing the challenges of dispensing medications is needed to counter this practice.

April 25 is World Malaria Day, a time to recognize the global effort to fight against a disease that afflicts more than half a billion people across the globe. Malaria is not only a major cause of illness and death in developing countries but also a significant drain on their overstressed health systems and fragile economies. Especially in Africa, malaria is linked to high rates of infant and maternal death, chronic anemia, and complications that increase the severity of other diseases.

On the eve of the International Donors' Conference Towards a New Future in Haiti to be held in New York on March 31, Management Sciences for Health (MSH), urged donors to consider a successful two-pronged development approach that has led to improved health in Haiti."The two-pronged approach is grounded in the principle that the Haitian government must ultimately lead the process but also work together in partnership with NGOs and the private sector," said Dr. Jonathan D. Quick, MD, MPH, President and Chief Executive Officer of MSH.

The earthquake on January 12, 2010 left the central medical stores for the government of Haiti, known as PROMESS (Program on Essential Medicine and Supplies), damaged and the distribution systems bottlenecked.  As emergency relief supplies arrived in Haiti, PROMESS' systems were unable to manage the large volume of incoming supplies coupled with the urgent demand for additional drugs and medical supplies.PROMESS is managed on behalf of the Haitian Ministry of Health by the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO).

Napembe Kefasi at the Katutura Health Centre in Windhoek, Namibia. Photo Credit: MSH Staff.With a population of over 2 million, 204,000 people are currently living with HIV in Namibia—more than 80,000 are in need of treatment. AIDS has become and continues to be the leading cause of morbidity and mortality in the country, accounting for three quarters of all hospital admissions and nearly half of the deaths.

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