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Purpose: To examine the effectiveness of stock monitoring and record-keeping practices in warehouses and help users identify suggestions for improvement.Description: A user-friendly instrument designed to collect and calculate indicators of effective inventory management.

Purpose:A guide that provides logistic formulas and principles to help clinic and warehouse staff manage contraceptive supplies and other commodities properly and efficiently, at service delivery sites, and at storage and warehouse facilities.Description:The tool is a reference manual with guidelines on how to keep appropriate levels of contraceptive supplies available, good warehouse practices to

Purpose:To conduct indicator-based assessments of a pharmaceutical system.Description:A step-by-step manual describes 46 indicators for function and activity within a pharmaceutical system. It shows how to collect data on the indicators and analyze them.

Global Exchange Network for Reproductive Health (GEN) is a Web-based network for reproductive health individuals and organizations. GEN currently has more than 1,300 members who participate in events in English, Spanish, and French.  Previous topics covered by GEN seminars include: the financial sustainability of reproductive-health programs and organizations;

The Problem: In developing countries, the most accessible source of treatment for common conditions is often an informal drug shop, where drug sellers are untrained and operations are unmonitored.Purpose: We sought to describe a public–private initiative in Tanzania that created a new class of provider in government-accredited drug outlets, which improved the quality of medicines and pharmac

By Claire Anderson, Ian Bates, Diane Beck, Tina Brock, Billy Futter, Hugo Mercer, Mike Rouse, Tana Wuliji, and Akemi YonemuraPharmacy Education is a priority area for the International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP), the global federation representing pharmacists and pharmaceutical scientists worldwide that is spearheading the Global Pharmacy Education Taskforce.

For decades, Management Sciences for Health (MSH) has been instrumental in developing and conducting pharmaceutical management training in developing countries all over the world. Traditional training approaches often transfer much information in lengthy, intensive sessions and can remove participants from their place of work for a week or more.

The Strengthening Pharmaceutical Systems (SPS) Program developed this paper to provide US Agency for International Development (USAID) health program managers, country counterparts (including policy makers and health care managers and workers), and other stakeholders with an understanding of how governance issues permeate pharmaceutical management and influence the effectiveness of health programs

Proper stock management is essential for providing medicines to patients when and where they need them. This is especially important for people living with HIV because treatment is a lifelong commitment and adherence is critical to good outcomes. Pharmacists must be able to track, analyze, and manage stock information to prevent stock-outs, overstocks, and stock expiring on the shelf.

In Namibia, Togo, and 10 other countries, MSH pioneered the Electronic Dispensing Tool, a cutting-edge information system that uses the patient as the focal point and captures critical information needed to make decisions about an individual’s drug regimen, as well as stock inventory and aggregate patient statistics.How it's usedEnsuring that the correct medicines and amounts have been dispe

Background: International initiatives such as the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief and the President's Malaria Initiative have significantly increased availability and access to medicines in some parts of the developing world. Despite this, however, skills remain limited on quantifying needs for medications and order

Twelve Stories of How MSH Is Helping Women and Children around the World

The International Medical Products Price Guide (formerly International Drug Price Indicator Guide) contains a spectrum of prices from pharmaceutical suppliers, international development organizations, and government agencies.

Updates and related resources and information from MSH's participation in the 3rd Global Conference in Kuala, Lampur, Malysia, May 28-30, 2013.

The Ministry of Health’s Pharmacy Division and the Securing Ugandans’ Right to Essential Medicines (SURE) program developed the Supervision, Performance Assessment, and Recognition Strategy (SPARS) to increase health workers’ ability to manage medicines through on- the-job training and support from a new cadre of Medicines Management Supervisors (MMS).

Ugandan daily newspaper, New Vision reports: Drug dealers and pharmacies have a two-year grace period to style up and meet the required good pharmaceutical practice or face closure.  This follows announcement by the health minister that all public sector pharmacies will be subjected to inspection just like the private sector.State minister for health in charge of general duties, Dr.

The greatest development challenges of the 21st century are found in fragile states, nations frequently stressed by civil unrest, natural disasters, or war.

In low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), health systems have historically focused on the prevention and treatment of highly prevalent and frequently fatal acute infectious illnesses such as malaria, diarrhea, and respiratory infections.

A public-private partnership in Tanzania launched the accredited drug dispensing outlet (ADDO) program to improve access to quality medicines and pharmaceutical services in rural areas. ADDO dispensers play a potentially important role in promoting the rational use of antimicrobials, which helps control antimicrobial resistance (AMR). The study objectives were to 1) improve dispensing practices of antimicrobials, 2) build ADDO dispensers' awareness of the consequences of misusing antimicrobials, and 3) educate consumers on the correct use of antimicrobials through the use of printed materials and counseling.The percentage of ADDO dispensers following good dispensing practices increased from an average of 67% in the first monitoring visit to an average of 91% during the last visit. After the intervention, more dispensers could name more factors contributing to AMR and negative consequences of inappropriate antimicrobial use, and over 95% of ADDO customers knew important information about the medicines they were dispensed. Conclusions: Providing educational materials and equipping ADDO dispensers with knowledge and tools helps significantly improve community medicine use and possibly reduces AMR. The number of community members who learned about AMR from ADDO dispensers indicates that they are an important source of information on medicine use.

The Kenya Pharmacovigilance Electronic Reporting System (PV- ERS) is a suite of software applications for collection and processing of information on suspected Adverse Drug Reactions (sADRs) and suspected Poor Quality Medicinal Products (sPQMPs).

On April 23, 2013, Kenya's Pharmacy and Poisons Board launched and demonstrated its digital reporting tool for reporting suspected poor quality medicinal products and adverse drug reactions. The media event featured:  Ms. Mary Ngari, Permanent Secretary Ministry of Public Health and Sanitation Dr. Bitange Ndemo, Permanent Secretary Ministry of Information and Communications

On September 6, 2013, Kenyatta National Hospital in Nairobi, Kenya held a media event to launch the first comprehensive, locally developed formulary for a public sector health institution in Kenya. A hospital formulary is a document or manual listing all medicines approved for use in a specific healthcare institution.

The Government of Rwanda’s vision for its health system is that every citizen will consistently use health services that are easily accessible, meet international standards of care, and directly respond to individuals’ perceived and actual needs.

In this third special issue published by the International Journal of Drug Policy, the authors of ten research papers and commentaries seek to provide additional knowledge on a range of issues related to illicit drugs in the region, including the epidemiology of drug use and drug-related infectious diseases and other consequences, drug treatment and harm reduction pro

Good health, a “state of complete physical, mental, and social wellbeing and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity,”1 is the foundation for human self- realization.

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