Approximately 10% of hospital procedures in low- and middle-income countries result in a health care-acquired infection. Containing those infections is an integral component of a quality health care system and is particularly critical as the world grapples with the COVID-19 pandemic.
Pharmaceutical systems strengthening (PSS) plays a pivotal role in achieving universal health coverage (UHC) by ensuring access to safe, effective, quality, and affordable essential medical products and their appropriate use.
With the support of the USAID MTaPS program, a new mentorship activity has helped health care facilities launch new efforts to ensure the appropriate use of antimicrobials to combat antimicrobial resistance (AMR).
The threat of COVID-19 is a global concern for the health of the world population and the economy. As the second most populated country in Africa and a major economic actor, Ethiopia isn’t an exception and is ramping up aggressive measures to combat the pandemic.
The USAID MTaPS Program provided technical and financial support to the General Directorate of Health and Public Hygiene (DGSHP), in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO), to organize a training of trainers on infection prevention and control (IPC) in relation to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
Monitoring patients who are taking a new medicine is critical for patient safety and an essential component of a well-functioning pharmaceutical sector.
MTaPS and partners rapidly developing and implementing innovative e-training hub to equip health workers with critical skills to respond to COVID-19.
Hygiene in health facilities plays a critical role for quality care and preventing transmission of diseases. Despite a number of significant achievements in past years in Côte d’Ivoire, an analysis of 30 health facilities in 2018 with the WHO’s Infection Prevention and Control Assessment Framework identified a number of insufficiencies related to hygiene practices. These deficiencies contribute to health care-acquired infections and antimicrobial resistance (AMR).
The USAID MTaPS Program is supporting Kenya in its efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19 pandemic by implementing a national strategy in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and county governments (see US Embassy in Kenya announcement).
The USAID MTaPS Program is supporting the Philippines in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic in the country. The concerted effort is a partnership of USAID with the Philippines Department of Health (DoH), the World Health Organization (WHO), and UNICEF. MTaPS is assisting in two technical areas critical to managing and controlling the pandemic – infection prevention and control (IPC) and supply chain management of essential emergency commodities.