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BID Initiative Lessons Learned Encyclopedia

Improving immunization coverage and optimizing service delivery requires that decision-makers at all levels of the health system have access to high-quality data to use in making decisions in planning, performance management, and the delivery of services. The BID Initiative took a holistic approach to address immunization data challenges in partnership with the governments of Tanzania [more…]

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Pharmaceutical Management Considerations for Expanded Coverage of Essential Health Services and Financial Protection Programs

The UN adoption of the SDGs in 2015 signaled a strong commitment of member countries to the expanded access to essential health service agenda and definitively recognized the critical role of medicines in achieving UHC. The SDGs call for countries to “achieve universal health coverage, including financial risk protection, access to quality essential health care [more…]

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MDS-3: Managing Access to Medicines and Health Technologies

Managing Drug Supply (MDS) is the leading reference on how to manage essential medicines in developing countries. MDS was originally published in 1982. It was revised in 1997 with over 10,000 copies distributed in over 60 countries worldwide. The third edition, MDS-3: Managing Access to Medicines and other Health Technologies reflects the dramatic changes in [more…]

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Toward Building Resilient Pharmaceutical Systems: Results from a global call for evidence of sustained improvements

Strengthening pharmaceutical systems entails implementing strategies and actions across critical components and functions of a system to improve and sustain performance and achieve better health outcomes. What is the evidence base for strengthening and sustaining responsive and resilient pharmaceutical systems? To answer this question, the USAID-funded Systems for Improved Access to Pharmaceuticals and Services (SIAPS) [more…]

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Essential Medicines List (EML) Search

National Essential Medicines lists (EMLs) indicate medicines that meet the priority health needs of the population and often guide a government’s purchasing and distribution decisions for public health facilities. EML Search provides national stakeholders with information on whether 13 new and/or underutilized reproductive and maternal health commodities are included on their country’s EML. Developed by [more…]

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Pharmaceutical System Strengthening Interventions to Improve Access to Antiretroviral Therapy

The world’s response to the AIDS pandemic of dramatically increased financial assistance to provide affordable medicines for HIV and AIDS did not automatically lead to access to antiretrovirals (ARVs). The effectiveness of these multimillion dollar initiatives was recognized to be limited by the capacity of the health care and pharmaceutical supply systems to deliver these [more…]

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Monitoring-Training-Planning (MTP) on Family Planning

Monitoring-Training-Planning (MTP) on Family Planning is a brief, step-by-step, self-applied implementation methodology designed to guide implementation groups to construct programs in their area. MTP on Family Planning is comprised of four sequential modules to be applied one per month in order. The four modules are 1) Situational Analysis and Logistics, 2) Family Planning Norms, 3) [more…]

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mHEALTH Compendium Special Edition 2016: Reaching Scale

The mHealth Compendium series has expanded the body of knowledge and increased access to the most current information on mobile technology solutions for health (mHealth). Each volume links users to key tools and resources, and serves as a significant resource for mHealth information. The mHealth Compendium Special Edition 2016: Reaching Scale presents ten in-depth profiles [more…]

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Regional Economic Communities

The African continent has perhaps seen the most pronounced movement towards regionalism. In Africa’s health sector, regional bodies—such as regional economic communities and inter-governmental institutions, as well as regional professional associations and regional networks —have become active contributors to the development and health agendas during the last 10-15 years. The following paper discusses regionalization as [more…]

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Regional Networks and Associations

Despite the growing international trend towards increased regional multilateralism, integration, and cooperation in health and other sectors, there is limited literature examining the relationships, power dynamics, limitations, and strategic advantages of regional bodies. To enhance understanding of the contributions and role of regional bodies engaged in health in Africa, the ASH project undertook a study [more…]

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