Podcast: Strengthening Cameroon's Health System

Podcast: Strengthening Cameroon's Health System

Lisa Peterson, Deputy Chief of Mission, US Embassy, Yaoundé, Cameroon. {Photo courtesy of US Embassy Yaoundé.}Photo courtesy of US Embassy Yaoundé.

Formally launched in 2012 in Cameroon, the USAID-funded Systems for Improved Access to Pharmaceuticals and Services (SIAPS) Program, led by Management Sciences for Health, has been working on strengthening the overall pharmaceutical management system, specifically to ensure the people of Cameroon have access to safe and affordable medicines at the central and peripheral levels.

In a new podcast, US Deputy Chief of Mission in Cameroon Lisa Peterson discussed SIAPS’ important work in the country and how it will impact the local population.

"The program will help, I believe, bring people to clinics. It will help definitely ensure that when people get to a clinic, they are able to access medicines and medical supplies that they need," Ms. Peterson said.

She went on to explain the importance of addressing the problem of medicines stock-outs, strengthening information and communication issues, proper storage practices, and making sure patients are able to not only reach a clinic, but also have access to quality medicines.

For more, listen to the podcast or read the transcript.

Marie Maroun is a communications specialist of MSH’s Center for Pharmaceutical Management.