Addis Ababa March 18/2017 The five-year System for Improved Access to Pharmaceuticals and Services Activity (SIAPS) that improved pharmaceutical governance and service delivery, concluded.
A press release issued by USAID said “the activity strengthened pharmaceutical management, supported the development of treatment guidelines and health facility standards and reduced health and corruption in the pharmaceutical sector.”
The release indicated that over the last five years, the program trained 8,000 Ethiopian professionals which resulted in improved motivation, higher retention and a more skilled workforce.
Among other things, the program supported 77 health facilities across Ethiopia and 128 health facilities to establish drug information services.
Furthermore, by way of improving pharmacy data management, 208 health facilities established drug information services that resulted in patient centered approach. Besides, 1000 health facilities were provided with ART services.
The program was implemented with a budget of 17.6 million USD with funding from the President’s Malaria Initiative and the Precedent’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).
The program, according to the press release, has helped to significantly improved pharmaceutical governance and service delivery, provided pharmacy data for decision making and optimized the use of financial resources.
Management Sciences for Health and the Ministry of Health implemented the program.