Providing Safe, Quality Medicines

Robust pharmaceutical services enable access to essential medicines. After decades of civil unrest and chronic underfunding of the health sector in the DRC, most patients couldn’t obtain the medicines they needed. Despairing, they would often resort to unregistered, expired, or poor-quality medicines, thereby depriving them of care and ultimately burdening the already weak health system. To address such gaps, the USAID-funded Systems for Improved Access to Pharmaceuticals and Services (SIAPS) Program, implemented by MSH, has developed a comprehensive system that allows pharmacies in countries such as DRC to provide the right medicine at the right dose to the people who need it when they need it. 

In the past year in DRC, the number of registered medicines has increased from 200 in 2010 to over 3,000 in 2015. In South Africa, SIAPS developed the Pharmaceutical Leadership Development Program (PLDP). Since the inception of PLDP, 182 pharmacists and facility managers have graduated. In Ethiopia, more than 200 pharmacists in 65 hospitals have been trained through SIAPS activities. SIAPS also launched version 3.0 of QuanTB, a downloadable electronic forecasting, quantification, and early warning tool that improves procurement processes, ordering, and planning for TB treatment. 

SIAPS has supported health systems strengthening in 24 countries worldwide. Its efforts have helped ensure that the most vulnerable patients in some of the most volatile countries in the world can rely on a steady supply of safe, quality medicines.

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