Approaches and Tools for Strengthening Pharmaceutical Systems
Strong pharmaceutical systems are critical for ensuring access to and appropriate use of safe, effective, quality-assured, affordable medical products and related services to improve health. Pharmaceutical systems strengthening (PSS) is the process of identifying and implementing strategies and actions that achieve coordinated and sustainable improvements in the critical components of a pharmaceutical system to make it more responsive and resilient and to enhance its performance for achieving better health outcomes.
As part of its support to low- and middle-income countries, MTaPS uses various approaches and tools to help countries achieve better health outcomes and higher-performing health systems by improving the overall effectiveness of pharmaceutical systems through improving individual systems components.
Local organizations—including Ministries of Health, academic institutions, professional associations, and local implementing partners—are taking an increasing lead in the improvement of pharmaceutical systems in their country context. Below, we present a library of resources across nine different areas of PSS that can be applied in specific country contexts.
For more information about the East Africa PSS Skills Exchange held February 28-March 2, 2023, click here.
For more information about the Southeast Asia PSS Skills Exchange held March 22-24, 2023, click here.
To learn more and take action to strengthen pharmaceutical systems in your context, please use the resources below.
Why is strengthening pharmaceutical systems critical? Click here to hear MTaPS Director Kofi Aboagye-Nyame speak about the importance of PSS, MTaPS’ approaches to PSS and capacity building, and the key roles that local organizations play.
Strengthening Regulatory Systems
Safety Monitoring of Medicinal Products: Strengthening Pharmacovigilance Systems
Strengthening Regulatory Information Management Systems