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 helping the Minister of Health to work with the logistic Ebola Commission and to plan distribution of all EBOLA commodities needed for the health facilities and population.
|Project Name||Health Systems||Health Areas||Date|
|Systems for Improved Access to Pharmaceuticals and Services Program||Pharmaceutical Management, Health Care Financing||Malaria, Tuberculosis, HIV & AIDS, Maternal, Newborn, & Child Health, Family Planning & Reproductive Health||2011 - 2018|
|Leadership, Management & Governance, Health Service Delivery, Human Resources for Health, Health Information||HIV & AIDS, Maternal, Newborn, & Child Health, Family Planning & Reproductive Health, Malaria||2008 - 2017|