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A Checklist for Gender Considerations for Pharmaceutical Systems

Gender disparities vary across health systems and affect access to and use of pharmaceutical products and services. This checklist guides pharmaceutical systems program managers and implementers to assess how gender relates to program goals and objectives. The checklist is intended to catalyze discussion on how to apply strategic, intentional, and resourced technical support for gender [more…]

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Building blocks of progress: Case studies in pharmaceutical systems strengthening

It takes a resilient pharmaceutical system working within and in support of a functioning health system to ensure access to products and services for the people who need them. Pharmaceutical system strengthening requires a coordinated response from policy makers to the dispenser at the local drug shop. It also requires systems strengthening work in governance, [more…]

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Challenges to Ensuring Adequate and Timely Funding for MNCH Commodities

As countries pursue the maternal, newborn, and child health (MNCH) targets established under Sustainable Development Goal 3, they will need to ensure the continuous availability of essential health commodities to prevent and treat the conditions that cause morbidity and mortality in those groups. A major issue yet to be adequately addressed is financing for MNCH [more…]

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UHC 2030 Guidance document to assess a healthcare arena under stress

In recent years, a great deal of debate and rhetoric in global health has focused on the importance of health systems strengthening (HSS), especially in fragile situations. The ways policy-makers conceptualize HSS are, however, multiple and confusing. The goal of the guidance is to help professionals involved in the assessment of health systems under stress [more…]

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Challenge TB Technical Briefs and Highlights

Ending the global tuberculosis (TB) epidemic requires leadership, broad stakeholder and community engagement, proven interventions and innovations. The USAID-funded Challenge TB project provided global technical leadership and support to national TB control programs and other in-country partners. The collection of technical briefs and highlights document MSH’s collaboration in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Ethiopia, and Nigeria on topics [more…]

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RxSolution Integrated Pharmaceutical Management Software eLearning Courses

RxSolution is an integrated pharmaceutical management software used to manage inventory, purchase orders, stock issues to health facilities, and medication dispensing. The RxSolution eLearning Courses were developed to equip users with the skills to use the RxSolution software. They are intended for trained pharmaceutical management practitioners who would like a refresher training or for a [more…]

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Communities of Practice for Global Health

Communities of practice are defined as groups of people who interact regularly to share information, insight, experience and tools about an area of common interest (Wenger 2002). Each community of practice is unique in terms of its formation, structure, and character (click here to learn more about managing and measuring communities). All communities, in some [more…]

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Technical Approaches to TB: Challenge TB, SIAPS & TRACK TB
Technical Approaches to TB: Challenge TB, SIAPS & Track TB

Using a people-centered approach, MSH works with local partners to develop health systems solutions that meet the needs of communities affected by TB. Strengthening national, regional, district, and local health managers and their institutions to provide quality health services is a core strategy to support health systems resilience and sustainability. MSH has developed materials highlighting [more…]

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Systems for Improved Access to Pharmaceuticals and Services (SIAPS) Program Inventory of Key Technical Resources

The main purpose of this inventory is to serve as a reference to help stakeholders working in the pharmaceutical sector easily access and use already available SIAPS resources, including tools, experiences, and results. The document is also intended to serve as a technical legacy for SIAPS to support knowledge exchange and sustainability of related work. [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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