SIAPS Annual Report: Program Year 3, October 2013–September 2014. Systems for Improved Access to Pharmaceuticals and Services Program
(2014; 174 pages)

Systems for Improved Access to Pharmaceuticals and Services. 2014. Systems for Improved Access to Pharmaceutical Services Annual Report: Project Year 3, October 2013–September 2014. Submitted to the US Agency for International Development by the Systems for Improved Access to Pharmaceuticals and Services (SIAPS) Program. Arlington, VA: Management Sciences for Health.

Abstract

The availability of pharmaceuticals at reduced prices does not automatically lead to access to medicines. Even when medicines are available, they are not always prescribed, dispensed or used appropriately. To ensure good health worldwide, governments must create sound, efficient health systems that can provide effective disease prevention and treatment to all. The USAID-funded Systems for Improved Access to Pharmaceuticals and Services (SIAPS) Program focuses on achieving positive health outcomes by assuring the availability of quality pharmaceutical products and effective pharmaceutical services. SIAPS takes a holistic approach that looks beyond product availability and price to include other essential access components such as the availability of quality pharmaceutical services and the ability of the patient to access both products and services. SIAPS provides next generation technical leadership and assistance to developing countries in pharmaceutical system strengthening with a deliberate focus on patient-centered services and health outcomes for health areas including family planning, HIV and AIDS, malaria, maternal and child health, and tuberculosis. The SIAPS technical approach emphasizes Global Health Initiative (GHI) principles, especially increasing country ownership, health system strengthening, capacitating local governments and organizations, sustainability, and improving metrics and monitoring and evaluation. Toward this end, the SIAPS framework and result areas reflect the dynamic relationships among five health systems building blocks: governance, human resources, information, financing and service delivery, with a pharmaceutical product overlay that guides technical content. and contributions to sustainable health systems strengthening that are clearly linked to health outcomes...

This report presents highlights of SIAPS’s accomplishments in its Program Year 3: October 2013 to September 2014. Results are presented by health program areas, and showcase SIAPS’s contributions to the key health outcome goals of the USG. The report also presents results by SIAPS intermediate result areas, representing multiple countries where we work, as well as by regional and country portfolios.

 
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