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Arlington, VA—Management Sciences for Health (MSH) welcomes President Biden’s announcement that the United States will contribute $4 billion to COVAX, an international effort to source and distribute COVID-19 vaccines. An initial $2 billion will be donated in 2021, with an additional $2 billion coming over the next two years.“This U.S. pledge, along with that of a number of other countries, will go a long way in ending the current pandemic and helping to prevent future ones,” said MSH’s Senior External Affairs Officer, Ashley Arabasadi.

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 {Photo credit: Megan Montgomery/MSH}Anna Mzeru, an Assistant Nursing Officer at Yombo Dispensary in Bagamoyo, Tanzania, at her dispensary’s HIV care and treatment clinic.Photo credit: Megan Montgomery/MSH

In 2019, to better assess how well health care facilities provide HIV/AIDS treatment, the Technical Support Services Project (TSSP) integrated HIV/AIDS indicators into the Star Rating Assessment (SRA) Tool. The SRA assesses service delivery of health care facilities and rates them on a scale of one to five stars. More stars correspond to better quality service. TSSP also supported the Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly, and Children (MoH) in updating and digitizing the SRA tool to prepare for future rounds of health facility assessments, including dispensaries, health centers, and council hospitals.Funded by the US President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and implemented by Management Sciences for Health (MSH), TSSP worked with the MoH to support and strengthen the SRA tool system. MSH spoke with Salli Mwanasalli, DDS, TSSP Senior Technical Advisor, Quality Assurance and Improvement, and Dr. Talhiya Yahya, Head, Quality Management Subunit in the Health Quality Assurance Unit (HQAU), at MoH, about integrating HIV/AIDS service indicators into the SRA Tool and implementing the Android mobile app in Tanzania’s Coast and Mbeya regions.

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February 24, 2021

On February 24th, the Global Digital Health Network invited MSH to host a webinar discussion focused on Digital Tools for Pharmaceutical Systems. Visit the event page Pharmaceutical systems depend on efficient and reliable information tools, data governance, and data analytics systems to ensure sustainable access to and appropriate use of safe, effective, quality assured, and affordable products and services. Many low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), however, suffer from poor data availability and accessibility.