Medicines, Technologies, and Pharmaceutical Services

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Preventing maternal and child deaths, creating an AIDS-free generation, and protecting communities from infectious disease threats need efficient pharmaceutical services and treatment with quality medicines. Further, controlling the global hazard of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) to promote global health security relies on ensuring appropriate use of medical products worldwide.

The USAID Medicines, Technologies, and Pharmaceutical Services (MTaPS) Program helps low- and middle-income countries strengthen their pharmaceutical systems to ensure sustainable access to and appropriate use of safe, effective, quality-assured, and affordable essential medicines and pharmaceutical services. The five-year program builds upon the work of its predecessor program, Systems for Improved Access to Pharmaceuticals and Services (SIAPS).

MTaPS is implemented by a consortium that is led by Management Sciences for Health (MSH) and comprises core, global expert, and capacity resource partners. The program approach embeds training of capacity resource partners to strengthen local expertise in countries and ensure that improvements are sustainable.

Program objectives are as follows:

  • Pharmaceutical-sector governance strengthened
  • Institutional and human resource capacity for pharmaceutical management and services increased, including regulation of medical products
  • Availability and use of pharmaceutical information for decision making increased and global learning agenda advanced
  • Pharmaceutical-sector financing, including resource allocation and use, optimized
  • Pharmaceutical services, including product availability and patient-centered care to achieve health outcomes, improved

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Supporting the Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA) 

The Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA) aims to facilitate countries build their capacity for prevention, early detection, and effective response to infectious disease threats to increase national and global health security. As a USAID program, MTaPS has the mandate to assist countries combat antimicrobial resistance, one of the 11 action packages under the GHSA.

Within its GHSA mandate, MTaPS is supporting 12 countries to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic on the fronts of infection prevention and control, emergency supply chain management, and introduction of COVID-19 vaccines in critical areas, such as pharmacovigilance to ensure patient safety.

Core Partners

  • Boston University
  • FHI360
  • International Law Institute-Africa Centre for Legal Excellence
  • Overseas Strategic Consulting
  • Results for Development

Global Expert Partners

  • Brandeis University
  • Celsian Consulting
  • Deloitte USA
  • Duke-National University of Singapore
  • El Instituto de Evaluacion Tecnologica en Salud
  • IC Consultants
  • MedSource
  • University of Washington

Capacity Resource Partners

Capacity resource partners consist of local organizations with regional or country-based knowledge, expertise, and networks.

Their engagement will support local USAID MTaPS activities, while advancing local capacity to provide PSS technical support at the country and regional levels.

  • African Collaborating Centre for Pharmacovigilance and Surveillance
  • African Health Economics and Policy Association
  • Ecumenical Pharmaceutical Network
  • Kilimanjaro School of Pharmacy
  • Muhimbili University
  • Pharmaceutical Systems Africa
  • U3 SystemsWork
  • University of Ibadan
  • Other Partners - Columbus Consulting, Empower Swiss, Softworks

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