Namibia

MSH has been working in Namibia to maintain access to quality pharmaceutical products and services, and to build local capacity for improved health care. The recently ended Supply Chain Management System (SCMS) provided a reliable, cost-effective, and secure supply of products for HIV and AIDS programs. Since 2006, SCMS provided technical assistance to the Ministry of Health and Social Services, focusing on increasing the availability of antiretrovirals, tuberculosis medicines, and other essential drugs at all levels of the public sector health system.

In 2015, SCMS coordinated the procurement and delivery of an emergency order of six first-line ARVs to the Central Medical Stores, averting stock-outs that could have resulted in disastrous interruptions of antiretroviral therapy for thousands of Namibians. This intervention, coupled with technical assistance in pipeline monitoring and supply planning, improved the Central Medical Stores order fulfilment rate for ARVs to health facilities from 71 percent in September 2014 to 96 percent in May 2015.

The Systems for Improved Access to Pharmaceuticals and Services (SIAPS) Program works with the Ministry of Health and Social Services and other stakeholders to develop sustainable capacity for assuring the long-term availability of pharmaceutical products and services. Interventions supported by SIAPS in Namibia have improved the availability and safety of ARVs, other essential medicines, and pharmaceutical services to sustain an over 80 percent ART coverage of patients in need.

MSH also worked in Namibia through the Building Local Capacity for Delivery of HIV Services in Southern Africa Project (BLC). Through BLC, MSH worked to accelerate the scale-up of high-impact prevention, care, and treatment efforts. This includes supporting scale-up of ART and strengthening health services for orphans and vulnerable children. BLC support to its partners resulted in service provision to more than 8,000 orphans and vulnerable children in early childhood development centers and social and behavior change communication to more than 2,000 youth in the last year of the project alone.

Learn more about the three projects' work in Namibia from the bimonthly newsletters published on the SIAPS website

Our Projects

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
Completed
Leadership, Management & Governance, Financing Health Services Malaria, Tuberculosis, Maternal, Newborn, & Child Health, HIV & AIDS 2011 - 2016
AIDSTAR-Two
Completed
Leadership, Management & Governance HIV & AIDS 2008 - 2013
Building Local Capacity for Delivery of HIV Services in Southern Africa
Completed
Leadership, Management & Governance HIV & AIDS, Maternal, Newborn, & Child Health 2010 - 2015
Supply Chain Management System
Completed
Pharmaceutical Management HIV & AIDS 2006 - 2016
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