Pharmaceutical Management: Our Impact

More than 80% of people in Bangladesh seek care from untrained or poorly trained village doctors and drug shop retailers. Overprescribing, selling unnecessary and expensive brand drugs, and distributing antibiotics and steroids without prescriptions are common problems. At the same time, access to many medicines is low, and antimicrobial resistance is rising.

 {Photo credit: Igor Dashevskiy}Left to right: Arsen Zhumadilov, Head of Ukraine's Central Procurement Agency, Zoryana Skaletska, Ukrainian Ministry of Health, and Susan Fritz, USAID Mission Director to Ukraine, Belarus and Moldova.Photo credit: Igor Dashevskiy

On October 2, 2019, Ukraine’s Ministry of Health (MOH) opened the doors of its Medical Central Procurement Agency (CPA), a new type of Ukrainian organization driven by a strong vision to improve access to medicines and prevent corruption.

{Left to right: Oleh Petrenko, Head of the National Health Service of Ukraine, Zoryana Skaletska, Ukranian Ministry of Health, and Inna Sacci, Project Director of USAID's SAFEMed Activity. ]{Photo credit: Tetiana Matviichuk}Left to right: Oleh Petrenko, Head of the National Health Service of Ukraine, Zoryana Skaletska, Ukranian Ministry of Health, and Inna Sacci, Project Director of USAID's SAFEMed Activity. Photo credit: Tetiana Matviichuk

On October 25, 2019, the National Health Service of Ukraine (NHSU), with support from USAID's SAFEMed Activity, hosted a national forum on Ukraine’s Affordable Medicine Reimbursement Program.

The MedSource Sales and Marketing team.

MedSource—a company dedicated to improving the availability and affordability of medicines and supplies—shared its work and vision with delegates at the 8th East Africa Healthcare Federation (EAHF) Conference last week.

The US Ambassador to Uganda, H.E. Deborah Malac, handed the facilities over to the Ministry of Health, represented by Dr. Charles Olaro, the Director of Clinical Services, at a ceremony at Luwunga Health Centre in Wakiso district.

On Thursday, August 22, 2019, the US Government officially handed over the first 14 of 26 newly constructed, prefabricated medicine storage units to the Ugandan Ministry of Health to help scale up the country’s HIV and AIDS epidemic response.The facilities will increase storage space for health commodities, including antiretroviral medicines, and will support the roll-out of the test and treat strategy for achieving HIV and AIDS control. The facilities will help ensure that adequate quantities of HIV medicines are available for Ugandans living with HIV.Dr.

Nancy Ngum and Paul Tanui (AUDA-NEPAD), Ms. Mimi Darko (Ghana FDA), and Kate Kikule (MTaPS)

Regional regulatory leaders, representatives from academia, and development organizations gathered in Accra, Ghana, in June to review a new monitoring and evaluation (M&E) tool that promises to improve access to safe, affordable medicines in several African countries by measuring the performance of Regional Centres of Regulatory Excellence (RCOREs).The African Union Development Agency (AUDA-NEPAD), in collaboration with the USAID-funded Medicines, Technologies, and Pharmaceutical Services (MTaPS) program, supported the validation of the M&E tool.

{Photo credit: Warren Zelman}Photo credit: Warren Zelman

What is the purpose of the USAID-funded Medicines, Technologies, and Pharmaceuticals Services (MTaPS) program, and what will the program accomplish?MTaPS recently published a collection of brief publications that provide information on the program’s objectives and planned activities.

 {Photo credit: Igor Dashevskiy}Deputy Minister of Health, Dr Roman Illyk, presents during the National Health Technology Assessment Forum in Kyiv, Ukraine.Photo credit: Igor Dashevskiy

A health technology assessment (HTA) is an evidence-based instrument to identify which medicines, medical devices, and treatment regimens are optimal for the state to support. It significantly reduces opportunities for corruption and helps countries move toward self-reliance in the health sector. A National Health Technology Assessment Forum took place in Kyiv, Ukraine, on February 28, 2019, to further advance HTA as an important priority-setting tool for Ukraine’s health system. Photo credit: Igor Dashevskiy

Principal Dispenser and MTC Secretary, David Ouma in the Moroto regional referral hospital medicines stores

Malaria is the leading cause of outpatient visits in Uganda (Ministry of Health, Annual Health Sector Performance Report, 2015/2016), and prevention, diagnosis, and treatment are crucial for reducing preventable deaths, lowering the risk of resistance to antimalarial medicines, and decreasing medicine wastage and misuse. 

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.

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