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The number of people receiving antiretroviral treatment (ART) has increased considerably in recent years and is expected to continue to grow in the coming years. A major challenge is to maintain uninterrupted supplies of antiretroviral (ARV) drugs and prevent stock-outs.

Management Sciences for Health offers technical expertise and materials to assist countries to prepare and respond to severe pandemics and other disasters such as earthquakes, hurricanes, and other challenges to health, social, and economic well-­‐being.

From 2000 to 2010, Rwanda implemented comprehensive health sector reforms to strengthen the public health system, with the aim of reducing maternal and newborn deaths in line with Millennium Development Goal 5, among many other improvements in national health.

The objective of this study was to implement a rapid assessment of the performance of four malaria control strategies (indoor spraying, insecticide-treated bed nets, timely diagnosis, and artemisinin-based combination therapy) using adequacy criteria. The assessment was carried out in five countries of the Amazon subregion (Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, and Peru). Although ACT is the strategy with the better implementation in all countries, major gaps exist in implementation of the other three malaria control strategies in terms of technical criteria, coverage and quality desired. The countries must implement action plans to close the gaps in the various criteria and thereby improve the performance of the interventions. The assessment tools developed, based on adequacy criteria, are considered useful for a rapid assessment by malaria control authorities in the different countries.

Background Globally, the monitoring of prompt and effective treatment for malaria with artemisinin combination therapy (ACT) is conducted largely through household surveys. This measure; however, provides no information on case management processes at the health facility level.

Described here is the first population genetic study of Plasmodium malariae, the causative agent of quartan malaria. Although not as deadly as Plasmodium falciparum, P. malariae is more common than previously thought, and is frequently in sympatry and co-infection with P. falciparum, making its study increasingly important. This study compares the population parameters of the two species in two districts of Malawi with different malaria transmission patterns—one seasonal, one perennial—to explore the effects of transmission on population structures. The extent of similarity between P. falciparum and P. malariae population structure described by the high level of multiple infection, the lack of significant population differentiation or haplotype clustering, and lack of linkage disequilibrium is surprising given the differences in the biological features of these species that suggest a reduced potential for out-crossing and transmission in P. malariae. The absence of a rise in P. malariae MOI with increased transmission or a reduction in MOI with age could be explained by differences in the duration of infection or degree of immunity compared to P. falciparum.

In Haiti, it is rare for men to choose to have a vasectomy. Many believe this method of family planning robs a man of his virility. Yet in 2009, Sagesse Exilus chose to have a vasectomy at Fermathe hospital.

Herbert Kaswa, a Medical Clinical Officer at the Family Life Education Program (FLEP) Busoga Diocese clinic, has been working in the medical field since 2001. When Herbert first started this work, the clinic was not fully functioning. The clinic offered only short‐term methods of family planning, such as birth control pills, due to lack of funding and inadequate training of staff.

Purpose: To improve maternal and child health by empowering people to take better care of their health, strengthening communities and local governments' health management capacity, and promoting healthy lifestyles. Tool description:

This workbook is used throughout the Virtual Municipal Pandemic Planning (VMPP) Program. The program is divided into a series of modules, and each module has a chapter in the workbook. This program will introduce participants to a set of tools to assist mayors and their municipal leadership teams in pandemic preparedness, response, and recovery efforts.

The Compendium can be searched by the following categories: technical area, region, country, target population, and type of practice (best practice or promising practice). You can narrow your results further by using the keyword search.

This tool, an interactive training DVD, is appropriate for advocating and training on family planning and maternal, neonatal, and child health, targeting primary and secondary facility level providers and trainers, as well as for community health workers.

THE United States Agency for International Development (USAID) funded TB CARE I has stepped up tuberculosis awareness and case detection in the country by providing technical assistance to the National Tuberculosis and Leprosy Control Programme (NTBLCP).

Developing and distributing TB case detection SOPs, followed by staff training, mentoring, and supervision, minimizes missed opportunities and improves TB case detection in health facilities. TB CARE I strongly recommends scaling up this intervention to other zones and regions to improve TB case detection and TB/HIV care in the country

This poster concludes: Health facilities implementing IPLS experienced lower TB drug stock out than those health facilities not implementing IPLS. Scale up and continuous follow up of IPLS implementation is recommended.  Expanding and sustaining IPLS in Ethiopia will require: Training all health facility staff on IPLS implementation;

This poster concludes: By developing an EQA (external quality assurance) system and disseminating associated documents and tools, training staff, and providing feedback and site visits, TB CARE I significantly strengthened the quality and reliability of TB laboratory results in Kenya. 

MOST for TB Management and Organizations Sustainability Tool for National TB Control Programs: A Guide for Users and Facilitators

UHC Forward consolidates information from hundreds of sources into a one-stop portal.

The first management book written specifically for family planning program managers, this award-winning handbook has become a standard text in management training courses around the world.A practical guide for managers of health and family planning programs, this handbook provides practical information on: planningcoordinationstaffingsupervisiontrainingmanagement informationcontraceptive logi

After approving malaria grants to certain countries, the Global Fund recognized that the recipients were facing problems implementing their programs as outlined in their project proposals.

To address pharmaceutical management issues related to the essential medicines needed for treating and preventing malaria, the RPM Program, in collaboration with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), developed the Drug Management for Malaria Manual, an indicator-based assessment tool, and released the first edition in 2000.

In a world of rising health care costs and increasing health care needs, access to tested approaches and techniques in the management of health care is more vital than ever. This compendium offers practical tools and techniques to address current challenges in public health management.

This electronic resource provides you, as a manager of a health program or health service, with both practical and theoretical information that will help you strengthen and align the building blocks of your health system to achieve results and save lives.The eHandbook emphasizes the central, critical element of every health system: people.

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