Detailed Mechanism Funding and Narrative

Years of mechanism: 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016

Details for Mechanism ID: 13607
Country/Region: Angola
Year: 2012
Main Partner: Management Sciences for Health
Main Partner Program: NA
Organizational Type: NGO
Funding Agency: USAID
Total Funding: $520,000

Building on previous PEPFAR investments in Angola, the purpose of Systems for Improved Access to Pharmaceuticals and Services (SIAPS) is to continue improving access to and use of quality medicines and health commodities for priority health interventions in HIV/AIDS, particularly HCT and PMTCT. The project will be part of the USG contribution to the first goal of the Partnership Framework, to strengthen capacity for an effective national response to combat HIV/AIDS. With COP12 funding, interventions will be supported at the central level and in key provinces, especially Luanda and Huambo. Participants will include program managers and health care providers who play roles in areas such as health commodity procurement, supply chain management, and quality assurance. Consistent with GHI principles of sustainability and country ownership, the project focuses on improving local capacity to manage these systems more effectively with less need for external technical assistance over time. Improved capacity will be measured by tracking a number of indicators, such as stock-outs of essential HIV/AIDS commodities (i.e. test kits, condoms) and the percentage of facilities receiving routine supervision visits for health commodity management. Strengthening commodity data collection, analysis, and reporting will provide more reliable information for monitoring PEPFAR results and for supporting Ministry of Health efforts to improve and integrate the overall health information system.

Funding for Health Systems Strengthening (OHSS): $520,000

As part of USAIDs integrated health systems strengthening approach, Systems for Improved Access to Pharmaceuticals and Services (SIAPS) will continue USG support for improved capacities at the central, local, and health facility levels for procurement and supply chain management of essential health commodities. The project will help address on-going challenges such as parallel and redundant supply chain systems, incomplete data reporting and analysis for quantifying needs and planning distribution, inadequate warehousing and security for commodity stores, inconsistent field supervision, and a lack of quality controls for health commodities procured. Through technical assistance and training to counterparts including, but not limited to, the Ministry of Healths (MOH) National Center for Procurement and Supply of Medicines, the National Department of Medicines and Equipment, the National Essential Medicines Program, and medical warehouse personnel, project consultants will develop specific work plans and benchmarks for measuring improved government capacity to manage these important processes.

Because institutionalizing public sector reform takes time, SIAPS will focus on reinforcing MOH systems and performance for implementing national guidelines, Standard Operating Procedures, and other management tools and processes developed under the Strengthening Pharmaceutical Systems (SPS) program. Project activities will complement the PEPFAR-funded Strengthening Angolan Systems for Health (SASH) Program (integrated service delivery including HCT and PMTCT) by helping ensure that HIV commodities (i.e. test kits, condoms, lab supplies, etc.) are effectively managed, distributed, and available through decentralized levels of the public health system. Tools and approaches developed through PEPFAR support can also help the MOH manage other inputs, such as commodities provided through the Global Fund or through other donors.