USAID MTaPS WEBINAR SERIES: Pharmaceutical Systems Strengthening (PSS) Learning Series
USAID MTaPS is pleased to announce a new webinar series that will convene experts from across the globe to highlight the importance of PSS in advancing global health goals.
Expanding access to affordable medical products is a national priority in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) working towards universal health coverage (UHC). In addition to sustainable national health budgets, the success of UHC programs depends heavily on reliable access to and appropriate use of affordable, quality medical products. As important, the creeping crisis of AMR and emerging pandemics further highlight the need for dedicated focus on antimicrobial stewardship (AMS) and infection prevention and control (IPC) interventions. The objective of the series is to engage the global health community in sharing knowledge regarding the value of PSS in advancing health program goals and disseminate technical resources for system-based approaches to strengthen national pharmaceutical systems.
Webinar 2: National Pharmaceutical Services Units (NPSUs) – A Critical Component for Medicines Availability and Use
Date: Tuesday, February 27, 8:00–9:30 AM ET
This session will focus on the findings of a study conducted by the USAID MTaPS program that offers guidance for the mandate and function of NPSUs in LMICs. Panelists will share experiences working with NPSUs in Kenya and Côte d’Ivoire.
- Ndinda Kusu, Country Program Director, MTaPS Kenya
- Hérodias Ahimon, Senior Technical Advisor, MTaPS Côte d’Ivoire
- Dr. Tom Menge, Director, Directorate of Health Products and Technologies, Kenya Ministry of Health
- Prof. Antoine Serge Amari, Pharmacist – PhD, Pharmaceutical Law and Regulation Department, Cote d’Ivoire; Training and Research Unit of Pharmaceutical and Biological Sciences, Félix Houphouët Boigny University
Webinar I: PSS for Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health (MNCH)
Date: Thursday, February 1, 8:00–9:30 AM ET
This session focused on the link between improved MNCH outcomes and strong and resilient pharmaceutical systems. Panelists discussed how PSS interventions can contribute to the access to and appropriate use of specific MNCH products in addition to other essential medical products.
- Dr. Aline Uwimana, Division Manager, Maternal, Child and Community Health, Rwanda Biomedical Center (RBC)
- Prakash Dulal, Pharmacy Officer, Health Directorate, Bagmati Province, Nepal
- Joseph Monehin, Senior Child Health Advisor, Office of Maternal and Child Health and Nutrition, USAID
- John Borrazzo, Director, Child Health, Momentum Country & Global Leadership and Lead Advisor, Child Health, Department of Global Health, Save The Children
Learn more about the importance of PSS for MNCH outcomes and MTaPS’ work in this area in this informative blog.