Mozambique: Our Impact

{Photo Credit Fabrice Duhal}Photo Credit Fabrice Duhal

Monitoring patients who are taking a new medicine is critical for patient safety and an essential component of a well-functioning pharmaceutical sector. The USAID MTaPS Program is working in Mozambique to establish an active surveillance system to assess the safety of an HIV drug in HIV/TB co-infected patients, including pregnant women, that has recently been introduced in the country. The concern for pregnant women stems from earlier indications of neural tube defect in babies born to women taking the medicine and the fact that women are disproportionately affected by HIV in Mozambique.

On May 21, during the 71st World Health Assembly, member states adopted a new digital health resolution. It urges member states to better utilize digital technologies as a means of promoting equitable, affordable universal health coverage (UHC), including reaching vulnerable populations. The resolution also calls on members to analyze the implications of digital health to achieve health related sustainable development goals.

 {Photo credit: SIAPS Mozambique}Ministry of Health staff in Mozambique learn how to use Pharmadex for medicines registration management.Photo credit: SIAPS Mozambique

This story originally appeared on the Systems for Improved Access to Pharmaceuticals and Services (SIAPS) program website. SIAPS is funded by the US Agency for International Development (USAID) and implemented by Management Sciences for Health (MSH).

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Laboratory services are a necessary but sometimes neglected element of a strong health system. From disease control and surveillance to patient diagnosis and care, laboratories are central to public health. Where laboratory services, policies or strategy are lacking, a comprehensive systems approach can improve a nation's infrastructure and capacity to manage and finance laboratory systems.MSH spoke with Dr.

The BASICS (Basic Support for Institutionalizing Child Survival) Project hosted a symposium in Washington, DC, on September 30, in which government officials and experts shared their experiences of health care issues in conflict and postconflict states. The symposium brought together eight speakers who discussed the importance of planning; the need to coordinate ministries of health, donors, and nongovernmental organizations; and the importance of linking action to a government’s own national strategies in health and development.