The Ministry of Health in Guinea realized that its health reforms would not result in improved, much less sustained health unless the capacity of the public health system and of the communities it served was developed so that they themselves could implement an integrated approach. MSH assisted in this development by increasing access to health services by strengthening the access to, quality of, and demand for services in the project's target area.
Starting in 1998, a long-term team of MSH advisors based in two regions of Guinea helped Guinean health authorities implement and strengthen Guinea's decentralized health services. MSH worked with regional, district, and community partners to improve access to and quality of reproductive health, maternal and child health, and HIV/AIDS services. Innovative approaches to adult education, on-the-job training, and management increased the use of family planning and of condoms for the prevention of HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted infections. By the end of 2002, the contraceptive prevalence rate in MSH's target area was 6.5 percent compared to 2.9 percent in 1999. Additionally, in the face of the burgeoning HIV/AIDS epidemic, MSH's efforts in HIV/AIDS and sexually transmitted infection (STI) prevention and care resulted in 72 percent of youth knowing that condom use can help prevent HIV infection. Furthermore, STI care became available in 53 percent of health centers in Haute Guinée.
Currently the Systems for Improved Access to Pharmaceuticals and Services (SIAPS) Program is working with Ministry of Health in Guinea to ensure the long-term goals of country ownership, system strengthening, and sustainability while addressing the immediate requirements for continuing the scale-up and expansion of malaria prevention and treatment programs. To achieve this, the program is providing technical assistance to strengthen governance in the pharmaceutical sector, enhance capacity for pharmaceutical supply management and services, make pharmaceutical management information systems available at all levels of the health system, and improve pharmaceutical services to achieve desired health outcomes.
The SIAPS Program is also working on a special two-year project funded by USAID to aid its post-Ebola recovery and resiliency plan. This includes helping the Ministry of Health maximize its resources for capacity building, accountability, and quality assurance, including the national medical store parastatal Pharmacie Centrale de Guinee (PCG) and the Direction Nationale de la Pharmacie et des Laboratoires (DNPL) of the Ministry of Health. SIAPS is also strengthening the country’s logistics and management information system to include the inventory and distribution of Ebola products to help ensure that they are safe and available.
|Project Name||Health Systems||Health Areas||Date|
|Systems for Improved Access to Pharmaceuticals and Services Program||Pharmaceutical Management, Financing Health Services||Malaria, Tuberculosis, HIV & AIDS, Maternal, Newborn, & Child Health, Family Planning & Reproductive Health||2011 - 2018|
African Strategies for Health
|Leadership, Management & Governance, Financing Health Services||Malaria, Tuberculosis, Maternal, Newborn, & Child Health, HIV & AIDS||2011 - 2016|
|Leadership, Management & Governance||HIV & AIDS, Maternal, Newborn, & Child Health, Family Planning & Reproductive Health, Malaria||2008 - 2017|