The Medicines, Technologies, and Pharmaceutical Services (MTaPS) Program

Project Overview

Preventing maternal and child deaths, creating an AIDS-free generation, and protecting communities from infectious disease threats need efficient pharmaceutical services and treatment with quality medicines.

Controlling the global hazard of antimicrobial resistance and supporting the Global Health Security Agenda rely on robust pharmaceutical systems worldwide. Funded by the US Agency for International Development (USAID) and led by MSH, the goal of the five-year USAID MTaPS program is to help low- and middle-income countries strengthen their pharmaceutical systems to ensure sustainable access to and appropriate use of safe, effective, quality-assured, and affordable essential medicines and pharmaceutical services. USAID MTaPS builds upon the work of its predecessor program, Systems for Improved Access to Pharmaceuticals and Services (SIAPS).

Program objectives are as follows:

  • Pharmaceutical-sector governance strengthened


  • Institutional and human resource capacity for pharmaceutical management and services increased, including regulation of medical products


  • Availability and use of pharmaceutical information for decision making increased and global learning agenda advanced


  • Pharmaceutical-sector financing, including resource allocation and use, optimized


  • Pharmaceutical services, including product availability and patient-centered care to achieve health outcomes, improved

MTaPS responds to COVID-19
From its inception, the MTaPS Program was selected by USAID as a major partner under the Global Health Security Agenda. As the COVID-19 threat emerged, USAID turned to MTaPS to support countries’ emergency response, including infection prevention and control and commodity management interventions. MTaPS has so far initiated COVID-19 response activities in 12 priority countries, where it is collaborating with national rapid response teams to rapidly assess infection prevention and control capacities and strengthen policies, coordination, and management. Download the factsheet