Developing and Implementing a Nationwide Electronic Pharmacy Dispensing System in Low-Resource Settings: The Electronic Dispensing Tool in Namibia’s ART Program
(2013; 42 pages)

Sumbi, V., L. Indongo, D. Mabirizi, J. Lates, S. Mwinga, M. Kangudie, and A. Blom. 2013. Developing and Implementing a Nationwide Electronic Pharmacy Dispensing System in Low-Resource Settings: The Electronic Dispensing Tool (EDT) in Namibia’s ART Program. Submitted to the US Agency for International Development by the Strengthening Pharmaceutical Systems (SPS) and the Systems for Improved Access to Pharmaceuticals and Services (SIAPS) Programs. Arlington, VA: Management Sciences for Health.

Abstract

As a first step, in 2004 the MSH-implemented RPM Plus Program supported the MoHSS in carrying out a baseline assessment of pharmaceutical management information and monitoring systems. The key objective of this assessment was to determine “the capacity of the local government to meet medicine and other health commodity needs in support of the launch and establishment of the national prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) and PMTCT-Plus programs.”

From the challenges identified in the baseline assessment, an urgent need was evident to develop an information system that will ensure uninterrupted access to ARVs to a growing population of patients on ART in Namibia.

 
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