MSH Co-Hosts 2nd Africa Regional TB Conference with WHO, Stop TB

The USAID-funded Systems for Improved Access to Pharmaceuticals and Services (SIAPS) Program, led by Management Sciences for Health, in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO) and Stop TB partners, is co-hosting the 2nd Africa Tuberculosis (TB) Regional Conference on Management of TB Medicines in Zanzibar, Tanzania, from December 5 – 7, 2012.

The Africa regional TB conference focuses on identifying and prioritizing country specific challenges for the management of TB medicines. Participants will work to develop concrete action plans that will be widely disseminated for solicitation of technical assistance and support from donors and Stop TB partners. SIAPS will also provide technical support to countries through its regional pool of TB experts.

Last year, the USAID-funded, MSH-led Strengthening Pharmaceutical Systems (SPS) Program collaborated with WHO and Stop TB partners to successfully lead the first Africa regional conference on new approaches to strengthening TB pharmaceutical management systems. Approximately 120 delegates from over 25 countries in Africa attended the conference in July 2011 to share ideas and experiences about challenges and interventions to improve TB medicine and supply management, use, and safety as well as laboratory technologies. The major outcome of the conference was the Recommendations for Action document.

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