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Strengthening Governance in Pharmaceutical Systems: A Compendium of Country Case Studies

The USAID-funded Systems for Improved Access to Pharmaceuticals and Services (SIAPS) Program and its predecessor programs have assisted numerous countries in strengthening governance to promote robust decision making, enhance accountability, reduce opportunities for corruption, and improve efficiencies to enable better access to and use of quality-assured medicines. This compendium draws on these experiences and provides [more…]

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QuanTB

QuanTB is an electronic quantification and early warning system designed to improve procurement processes, ordering, and supply planning for TB treatment. Created by the USAID-funded Systems for Improved Access to Pharmaceutical and Services (SIAPS) Program, QuanTB is a downloadable desktop tool that transforms complicated calculations into user-friendly graphs displaying key information for managing medicines. When used on a regular basis (e.g., monthly, quarterly), QuanTB serves as an early warning system, providing information on actual versus planned consumption, potential expiries, and stock outs of medicines.

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Misoprostol for Postpartum Hemorrhage: Questions and Answers for Policy Makers

This fact sheet provides information about misoprostol’s critical role in preventing and treating postpartum bleeding or hemorrhage (PPH), one of the leading causes of maternal death worldwide. Misoprostol, a medicine initially developed to prevent stomach ulcers, is often the best available option for preventing and treating PPH in many low-resource countries, and may be a [more…]

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Misoprostol for Postpartum Hemorrhage Information Kit

Developed by Family Care International (FCI) and Gynuity Health Projects, the Misoprostol for Postpartum Hemorrhage Information Kit contains a range of informational publications and briefing cards on the potential role of a widely available drug (misoprostol) in reducing deaths from postpartum hemorrhage, the leading cause of maternal death and disability in developing countries.

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Advocacy, Approval, Access: Misoprostol for Postpartum Hemorrhage A Guide for Effective Advocacy

Available in English and French, this publication provides guidance to national advocates and civil society organizations in conducting effective advocacy for the successful uptake of misoprostol for prevention and treatment of postpartum hemorrhage (PPH). Postpartum hemorrhage (PPH)—excessive bleeding after childbirth—is the leading cause of maternal death and injury worldwide. Globally, more than a quarter of [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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Procurement of Health Products: An Operational Guideline for UNITAID Grantees

Procurement of Health Products: An Operational Guide for UNITAID Grantees was developed by the Systems for Improved Access to Pharmaceuticals and Services (SIAPS) Program and is intended to inform grantees of the principles, norms, standards, and procedures that apply when UNITAID funds are used for procurement. Recognizing the importance of harmonizing UNITAID’s procurement approach with [more…]

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Managing Medicines and Health Products
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The publication outlines the essential elements of managing supplies at the district and subdistrict levels and in nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), provides practical guidance in assessing and improving the supply system at that level, and offers a range of other technical and managerial resources and references that will enable you to improve your management skills and study the areas that interest you further. Each section also provides overviews, guidelines, and checklists that will help you and your team identify and resolve major problems. (This publication is Chapter 8 of Health Systems in Action: An eHandbook for Leaders and Managers.)

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Engaging Stakeholders for Health Systems Strengthening
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Participation in problem definition improves the quality of solutions and the willingness of stakeholders to help define practical ways to implement the solutions. Stakeholder participation to define solutions in turn improves the willingness and ability of stakeholders to implement the solutions. This engagement helps advance the awareness and ability of stakeholders to hold decision-makers accountable for their decisions. It also fosters ownership of the decision and willingness to measure and improve the results. In this guide, you will explore the actions that the governing bodies and leaders who govern can adapt to their unique realities and take to engage stakeholders of their organization.

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