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To delineate the prevalence and factors associated with antimicrobial use across six referral hospitals in Tanzania using WHO point prevalence survey (PPS) methodology to inform hospital-specific antimicrobial stewardship programmes, we conducted a cross-sectional analytical study. We analysed the prevalence of antibiotic use by referral hospital, ward, indication and patient characteristics as the main outcomes. We also described adherence to the Tanzania Standard Treatment Guidelines (STG) and WHO’s AWaRe categorisation of antibiotics. Approximately 62.3% of inpatients were prescribed antibiotics, predominantly from the Access group of antibiotics (ceftriaxone, metronidazole or ampicillin–cloxacillin). Empirical use of antibiotics is common, and the Access group of antibiotics is predominantly prescribed in children less than 2 years and patients admitted to surgical and paediatric wards. Lack of utilisation of antimicrobial susceptibility testing services in these hospitals requires urgent interventions. Routine monitoring of antibiotic use is recommended to be part of antibiotic stewardship programmes in Tanzania.

The demand for COVID-19 diagnostics has exploded with the global impact of the pandemic, though this demand for diagnostics, reagents, and consumables for COVID-19 is causing shortages of commodities worldwide.

While current introduction and availability have been limited to high-income countries, low-and middle-income countries must be ready to undertake the challenges of a COVID-19 vaccination campaign to reach global recovery from the pandemic. Making decisions on COVID-19 vaccine options, introduction, deployment, and monitoring poses complex challenges to governments.

Please download to read the USAID Safe, Affordable, and Effective Medicines for Ukrainians (SAFEMed) Activity in Ukraine News Digest, January 2021 edition.

Well-functioning national regulatory authorities (NRAs) ensure access to safe, effective, quality-assured, and affordable medical products. However, the benefits of their work are often unseen and difficult to attribute, thereby making NRAs undervalued and under-resourced, particularly in low- and middle-income countries. This paper offers three key arguments NRAs and other stakeholders can use to advocate for greater investment in regulatory systems strengthening—medical products regulation effectively safeguards public health; effective regulation improves health system’s efficiency by increasing access to affordable medical products, contributing to universal health coverage; and robust regulation strengthens local pharmaceutical manufacturing and bolsters pharmaceutical trade. NRAs’ critical role in health systems is indisputable, yet they need to better promote their value to receive the requisite resources to function effectively.

Please download to read the USAID Safe, Affordable, and Effective Medicines for Ukrainians (SAFEMed) Activity in Ukraine News Digest, February 2021 edition.

MSH’s collaborative work with government entities–the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) and the National Product Supply Chain Management Programme (NPSCMP)–enabled both regulatory bodies to improve the safety and quality of medicines in the supply chain system.

Through the Resilient and Sustainable Systems for Health (RSSH) project, MSH helped finalize a systematized standard operating procedure (SOP) for the supply chain of health commodities in Nigeria. Managing health products in line with the provisions of the SOP guidelines will ensure that the right products are delivered to the right client, at the right time.

Providing direction for medicine supply chain systems in Nigeria for the next four years, this new policy is expected to strengthen governance in supply chain management across the country. The policy will optimize donor intervention through improved coordination among all stakeholders.

Please download to read the USAID Safe, Affordable, and Effective Medicines for Ukrainians (SAFEMed) Activity in Ukraine News Digest, March 2021 edition. 

Please download to read the USAID Safe, Affordable, and Effective Medicines for Ukrainians (SAFEMed) Activity in Ukraine News Digest, April 2021 edition.

Please download to read the USAID Safe, Affordable, and Effective Medicines for Ukrainians (SAFEMed) Activity in Ukraine News Digest, May 2021 edition.

South Africa’s health system is under enormous strain.

An integrated approach to monitoring the safety of medicines that includes both active surveillance and spontaneous reporting is essential to a well-functioning pharmaceutical sector. Active surveillance is particularly important to support the introduction of new essential medicines in low-and middle-income countries, where regulatory systems are often still developing and need support.

National governments must effectively register and track pharmaceutical products to ensure that they are readily available and safe.

This infographic provides an overview of select SIAPS program interventions and results in line with six core health system functions: governance; capacity building; information for decision-making; financing; supply chain; and pharmaceutical services.

As part of its mission to support the Principal Recipients (PRs) that implement Global Fund grants and the Country Coordinating Mechanisms (CCMs) that oversee them, the Grant Management Solutions (GMS) project developed a suite of management tools called grant dashboards. The suite includes the PR Management Dashboard and the CCM Summary.

Please download to read the USAID Safe, Affordable, and Effective Medicines for Ukrainians (SAFEMed) Activity in Ukraine News Digest, June edition. 

Please download to read the USAID Safe, Affordable, and Effective Medicines for Ukrainians (SAFEMed) Activity in Ukraine News Digest, July 2021 edition.

With support from the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) of UKAID, MSH is supporting the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MOHFW) to strengthen priority health system areas through the Better Health in Bangladesh (BHB) project. Please read the BHB Newsletter, July 2021 edition.

Please download to read the USAID Safe, Affordable, and Effective Medicines for Ukrainians (SAFEMed) Activity in Ukraine News Digest, August 2021 edition. 

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With support from the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) of UKAID, MSH is supporting the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MOHFW) to strengthen priority health system areas through the Better Health in Bangladesh (BHB) project. Please read the BHB Newsletter, August 2021 edition.

The National TB Control Program (NTP) in the Philippines is continuously scaling up its operations in the diagnosis and treatment of tuberculosis (TB) to achieve the results and deliverables described in the 2010–2016 Philippine Plan of Action to Control Tuberculosis.

A man learns the importance of educating his daughters. Community-based distributors increase family planning method use. Well-stocked community care sites save children’s lives. A successful fistula repair operation gives a woman back her dignity and standing in her community.

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