Pharmaceutical Management: Our Impact

 {Photo credit: Elias Tuhereze}Photo caption: Professor Barnabas Nawangwe, Makerere University Vice Chancellor (4th left); UHSC Chief of Party Phillip Kamutenga (5th right); and Professor Josaphat Byamugisha (2nd right) with laboratory staff during the launch of RxSolution at Makerere University Hospital, Kampala, Uganda, November 2019.Photo credit: Elias Tuhereze

By Sheila MwebazeWhen Professor Josaphat Byamugisha and his team took over management of Makerere University Hospital in 2018, they quickly realized that they needed to make major infrastructural and operational improvements to the hospital and its affiliated clinics.

This story was originally published on the MTaPS Program website By Dr. Zubayer Hussain, Senior Manager, MTaPS The hospital in Bangladesh does not lack for new equipment. It has a shiny new machine to deliver anesthesia, for one, and a state-of-the-art x-ray machine. There’s one catch: Much of the equipment lies unused.

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 forum brought together more than 150 representatives of pharmacies, distribution companies, doctors, government agencies, and international projects and was a great example of fruitful cooperation between the public and private sectors for the benefit of Ukrainians. The national reimbursement program was successfully transferred from the Ministry of Health to the NHSU on April 1, 2019, with the introduction of an electronic prescription system. The forum showcased the results from the first six months since the transition to the NHSU and enabled the exchange of experiences and local solutions for pharmacies across the country. 

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: MSH staff}Laboratory technician, Samuel Oule, discusses laboratory data with the facility in-charge, Dr. Denis Omiat, at Apapai Health Centre IV.Photo credit: MSH staff

The Apapai Health Centre IV laboratory in Serere district, Eastern Uganda, is busy today with ten patients waiting to have their lab tests taken. The laboratory technician, Samuel Oule, is confident that he has the right laboratory supplies to run tests for everyone he will see today—a welcome change from 12 months ago, when he would have had to turn some patients away because he lacked one or more needed laboratory supplies. Lacking needed supplies was fairly common to Oule and others in Uganda.