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In 1948, health leaders established the World Health Organization (WHO) out of a new spirit of international cooperation. A world war had just ended and the United Nations had been born.  These leaders felt a moral responsibility to help people who were falling sick and dying from preventable causes.


For Faster Medical Product Access in Low- and Middle-income Countries, Make Long-term Investments in Regulatory SystemsThink Global Health: A Wake-Up Call Both Brutal and UrgentTamara Hafner, MSH Principal Technical Advisor, and Javier Guzman, MSH Technical Director, July 27, 2020“The pandemic is a brutal and urgent wake-up call that low- and middle-income countries need more effective, efficient regulatory systems.” In an opinion piece for Think Global Health—an initiative from the Council on Foreign Relations—Tamara Hafner and Javier Guzman, both of the MSH-led, USAID MTaPS program, discuss the need for long-term investments in pharmaceutical regulatory systems for faster access to medical products. “As we struggle to meet emergency needs during the pandemic, we have a window of opportunity to overhaul the way we handle the regulation of medical products.”


July 29, 2020

How do strong pharmaceutical systems work to combat disease, boost health outcomes, and improve the quality of health services?From 2014 to 2020, the USAID-funded and MSH-led Uganda Health Supply Chain (UHSC) project has worked to improve the health status of the Ugandan population by increasing the availability, affordability, accessibility, and appropriate use of quality essential medicines and health supplies.Working directly with the Uganda Ministry of Health's pharmacy department, technical programs, district-level health managers, and private and public care facilities in 89 districts, UHSC has partnered with Uganda's National Medical Store, Joint Medical Store, National Drug Authorities, and other partners—including the Global Fund, UNICEF, and UNFPA—to transform Ugandan pharmaceutical systems and practices.Join us for a virtual celebration of the project’s achievements and a panel discussion on the innovative approaches used to strengthen Uganda’s health system.