We began providing technical assistance to the Government of South Africa in 1997. Over the years, our programs have implemented a string of pharmaceutical systems strengthening projects and focused on primary health care, family planning, leadership development, and management information systems. We built capacity to implement policies and health services for those infected with and affected by HIV and AIDS in the areas of care and support for orphans and vulnerable children, HIV prevention, and community-based care.
There is a sizable and increasing number of people with chronic diseases, both communicable and noncommunicable, in South Africa. Over the years, our programs have strengthened health care professionals’ leadership and management skills and supported local and regional health leaders to respond more effectively and sustainably to HIV and AIDS, TB, and other infectious diseases. To improve patient care and support more effective pharmaceutical service delivery, we have helped to strengthen pharmacists’ leadership and management skills and introduced an electronic information system to manage inventory and purchase orders and dispense medicines.