The Systems for Improved Access to Pharmaceuticals and Services (SIAPS) Program funded by the US Agency for International Development (USAID) will build on the achievements of the its predecessor the Strengthening Pharmaceutical Systems (SPS) Program by working to assure the availability of quality pharmaceutical products and effective pharmaceutical services to achieve desired health outcomes.
The program will promote and use a systems-strengthening approach consistent with the Global Health Initiative (GHI) that will result in an improved and sustainable health impact. SIAPS’ approach emphasizes GHI principles, especially improving metrics, monitoring, and evaluation; empowering local governments and organizations; and increasing country ownership.
Toward this end, the SIAPS framework and result areas reflect the dynamic relationships among five health systems building blocks, with a pharmaceutical product overlay that guides technical content.
TB CARE I is a follow-on program to the Tuberculosis Control Assistance Program (TB CAP) and aims to decrease morbidity and mortality by increasing case detection and treatment success of pulmonary TB patients in USAID priority countries. TB CARE I is USAID’s five-year cooperative agreement (2010-2015) with the lead partner being KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation. MSH is one of several partners in the TB CARE I coalition. Other partners include: the American Thoracic Society (ATS), FHI 360, International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (The Union), Japan Anti-Tuberculosis Association (JATA), and the World Health Organization (WHO).
Grant Management Solutions (GMS)
The Grant Management Solutions (GMS) project was established by the US Government to provide urgent, short-term technical support to countries receiving grants from the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. GMS is a USAID-funded project managed by the Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator (OGAC). It is led by MSH with four partners. GMS assists in governance and leadership challenges; financial and grants management; procurement and supply management; monitoring, evaluation, and reporting; and improving the skills and participation of civil society organizations and local consultants. Through a small core staff that draws upon a large, evolving network of local, regional, and international consultants, GMS primarily works with Country Coordinating Mechanisms and Principal Recipients at country level. GMS is located within the Center for Leadership and Management.
The MEASURE Evaluation project, which began in 1998, is USAID’s flagship Monitoring and Evaluation project and was established based on the premise that generating demand for and improving the use of data in policy formulation, program planning, monitoring and evaluation improves health systems which in turn affects health outcomes. The project is now in Phase III and is led by the University of North Carolina. In addition to MSH, the partners include Futures Group, JSI, Macro International , and Tulane University. MSH provides capacity building in the area of organization and leadership development to enhance sustainability using MSH’s virtual and other tools and also offers direct support to country M&E teams.