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The Afghanistan Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) with technical assistance from the Strengthening Pharmaceutical Systems (SPS) Program carried out a qualitative survey of medicines quality assurance assessment in Afghanistan.

The MoPH established the National Medicines and Food Board (NMFB) in 2009, as a multidisciplinary body to oversee and catalyze regulatory activities in medicines and food products.

This medicine use study was planned, conducted, and analyzed by the Strengthening Pharmaceutical Systems (SPS) Program of Management Sciences for Health (MSH) in collaboration with the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH). Data collection for the study was conducted in March and April, 2009.

SPS conducted an initial assessment of the existing regulatory mechanisms and systems for food and medicinal products with the goal of proposing options and approaches for a well-developed regulatory framework. The assessment team interviewed 24 stakeholders related to food and medicine regulation (7 food-specific, 6 medicines-specific, and 11 related to both). 

An uninterrupted supply of pharmaceutical products is required to ensure the provision of clinical services according to the Basic Package of Health Services (BPHS) and the Essential Package of Hospital Services (EPHS).

During the course of its work in Afghanistan, the SPS program has identified multiple challenges confronting the pharmaceutical system in Afghanistan that combine to limit the access to quality pharmaceuticals by the Afghan population.

One of the biggest challenges developing countries face in their fight against counterfeit and substandard medicines is building their technical capacity to regulate medicines. Without effective and affordable analytical technologies, the quality of the medicines cannot be secured in the country.

The objective of the curriculum mapping activity was to map the current pharmacy assistant curricula in the GIHS and one private Pharmacy school against the Competency Framework for Pharmaceutical Services to identify strengths and gaps in the current curriculum, and make recommendations for improvement.

The Nangarhar Public Health Directorate, the HealthNet Trans Psychosocial Organization (HN TPO), and the USAID-funded Strengthening Pharmaceutical Systems (SPS) Program implemented by Management Sciences for Health (MSH) are pleased to present the 2013 edition of the Surgical Antibiotic Prophylaxis Standard Treatment Guidelines.

It is a delightful opportunity for the Stomatology hospital DTC Committee and the management team to be able to be engaged in the development of stomatology standard therapeutic Guidelines.

The development of a set of standard treatment guidelines from senior eyes specialists intended for use by individual health practitioners, particularly to newly Graduated physicians joining as trainees to the Noor Hospital and to those working in outpatients clinics, and is a priority for the health authorities.

These guidelines are intended to ensure that medicines marketed in Afghanistan are safe, efficacious, and of good quality; assist applicants with the preparation of applications for the registration of multisource (generic) products by providing clear general guidance on the format of the dossiers; provide guidance on technical and other general data requirements.

Prior to the efforts of the MoPH supported by the USAID Strengthening Pharmaceutical Systems Project (SPS) in September 2010, no comprehensive information existed regarding the density and distribution of pharmaceutical personnel providing pharmaceutical services, their competencies, and human resources issues.

The Afghanistan National Medicines Policy (NMP) 2014-2019 is the overall policy document for the Afghanistan pharmaceutical sector to ensure the safety and safe use of high-quality drugs, vaccines, medical equipment, and complementary medicines for all people in Afghanistan.

The CPDS roadmap is a plan to coordinate MOPH, several donors, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), United Nations agencies, and other multi- and bilateral agencies for procuring and distributing medicines and medical supplies to facilities offering BPHS and EPHS.

Given the quick development and expansion of the health service delivery system in Afghanistan since 2003, the need for updating the EML became urgent.

Given the quick development and expansion of the health service delivery system in Afghanistan since 2003, the need for updating the EML became urgent.

Stakeholder communication is necessary for better coordination and control of pharmaceutical supply management (PSM) activities.

To address the lack of pharmaceutical supply information, a Data and Information Committee (DIC) of the CPDS was established and tasked to develop a Pharmaceutical Logistics Information System (PLIS) to gather the information about pharmaceutical procurement, distribution and consumption in the BPHS/EPHS implementers and health facilities.

The main objective of the survey was to set a baseline for the specific conditions that are intended for improvement through the implementation of revised registration guidelines and procedures, or that SPS Afghanistan interventions are targeting for change.

In 2012, the Strengthening Pharmaceutical Systems (SPS) Afghanistan Associate Award project—in collaboration with the General Directorate of Pharmaceutical Affairs (GDPA), Grants Contracts Management Unit (GCMU), and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) implementing Partnership Contracts for Health (PCH)—undertook a detailed analysis of outpatient conditions and treatment in a sample o

Afghanistan’s National Medicine and Healthcare Products Regulatory Authority (NMHRA) uses its Private Pharmacy Outlet Registration (PPOR) database to capture and report on information about private retail pharmacies that are registered with the NMHRA. NMHRA uses the reported information to monitor pharmacies’ registration status or updates, to facilitate coordination among NMHRA d

With technical and financial assistance from SPS, GIHS reviewed and updated/developed its pharmacy assistant curriculum from 2012 to 2015. The final syllabus and curriculum for 21 subjects were printed (500 copies) in high-quality color format and then disseminated through orientation workshops.

Strong leadership and good governance practices are critical factors for epidemic preparedness and response.

This is the overall policy document for Narcotic and Controlled Medicines of Afghanistan pharmaceutical sector. This policy constitutes part of continuous efforts by the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) and the stakeholders to ensure accessibility to and prevention of abuse of narcotic and controlled medicines.