Systems for Improved Access to Pharmaceuticals and Services (SIAPS) Program

Project Overview

The USAID-funded Systems for Improved Access to Pharmaceuticals and Services (SIAPS) Program, implemented by MSH, builds on the achievements of its predecessor, the Strengthening Pharmaceutical Systems (SPS) Program, by working to assure the availability of quality pharmaceutical products and effective pharmaceutical services to achieve desired health outcomes.

The program promotes and uses a systems-strengthening approach consistent with the Global Health Initiative (GHI) that will result in an improved and sustainable health impact. SIAPS’ approach emphasizes GHI principles, especially improving metrics, monitoring, and evaluation; empowering local governments and organizations; and increasing country ownership.

Toward this end, the SIAPS framework and result areas reflect the dynamic relationships among five health systems building blocks, with a pharmaceutical product overlay that guides technical content. The specific SIAPS results areas include—

  • Strengthening pharmaceutical sector governance
  • Building individual, organizational, and institutional capacity for pharmaceutical supply management and services
  • Addressing the information for decision-making challenge in the pharmaceutical sector
  • Strengthening financing strategies and mechanisms to improve access to medicines
  • Improving pharmaceutical services to achieve desired health outcomes

 SIAPS’ core partner team includes the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute, Harvard School of Public Health, Logistics Management Institute, and the University of Washington’s Department of Global Health. In addition to these core partners, MSH is joined by a select group of organizations who will serve as specialized resource partners for SIAPS. They include the African Medical and Research Foundation, Ecumenical Pharmaceutical Network, Results for Development, RTT Group, VilliageReach, and William Davidson Institute at the University of Michigan.

Project Team

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