Strengthening Pharmaceutical Systems Afghanistan Associate Award Project
A well-functioning pharmaceutical system is essential for ensuring that people have access to safe, quality-assured medicines when they need them and that they use them appropriately. This is particularly important in Afghanistan, which faces high infant and child mortality, primarily due to treatable conditions such as upper respiratory infections and diarrheal diseases. The burden of noncommunicable diseases is also growing, with a high rate of premature mortality due to heart disease, depression, and diabetes.
At the same time, Afghanistan’s pharmaceutical sector was weak and disorganized. Challenges included products of unacceptable quality, irrational prescribing, inappropriate use, and stock-outs—all leading to a lack of access to lifesaving medicines.
In 2011, USAID’s Strengthening Pharmaceutical Systems (SPS) project began providing technical assistance and support to the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan’s Ministry of Public Health to improve the country’s pharmaceutical system, promote better health outcomes, and save lives.
The project’s strategic approach included activities to strengthen basic, vital elements of organizations and create a sustainable, resilient, responsive pharmaceutical system.