SIAPS Annual Report: Program Year 6, October 2016–September 2017. Systems for Improved Access to Pharmaceuticals and Services Program
(2017; 123 pages)

Systems for Improved Access to Pharmaceuticals and Services. 2017. Systems for Improved Access to Pharmaceutical Services Annual Report: Project Year 6, October 2016–September 2017. 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.

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Essential medicines are indispensable for improving the health and saving the lives of people who need them. However, to be fully effective, safe, available, and affordable, medicines must be correctly prescribed and appropriately used. Achieving these benchmarks requires a strong, responsible pharmaceutical system working within and in support of a functioning health system. Further, a pharmaceutical system is not simply a collection of supplies of medicines and products, warehouses and waiting rooms. Rather, it is a broad, coordinated network of people and activities working collaboratively with these tools to help people get and stay healthy.

Now in its sixth year, the USAID-funded Systems for Improved Access to Pharmaceuticals and Services (SIAPS) Program works to ensure the availability of quality-assured pharmaceutical products and effective pharmaceutical services. Realizing the interrelated nature of pharmaceutical system components, SIAPS takes a comprehensive approach to improving them, planning interventions that support each building block of the system, and creating sustainable results. This approach aligns with USAID’s Vision for Health Systems Strengthening (2015-2019).

Following this approach, the program’s technical assistance aims to support systemic changes to a pharmaceutical system’s organizational structure and institutional capacity; policies and regulations; and relationships among various components. It encompasses goals in critical health areas, including family planning, HIV/AIDS, malaria, maternal and child health, tuberculosis, and neglected tropical diseases. The program also seeks to support responsive, resilient performance in the face of potential and occurring epidemics.

 
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