SAPAM - Southern African Programme on Access to Medicines and Diagnostics

Partners

Partners

Past experience

From July 2011 to December 2014, through DFID funding, SARPAM complimented the initiatives of SADC member states, SADC Secretariat, civil society, private sector and other stakeholders to increase access to medicines. The programme interventions are aimed at increasing transparency and regional market integration, supporting the harmonisation of medicines regulation, control, procurement, storage and distribution. The following achievements were realized:

  • Development of the SADC Pooled Procurement Strategy for Essential Medicines and Health Commodities approved by the Ministers of Health in November 2012
  • Development of SADC Medicines Database   http://med-db.medicines.sadc.int/
  • Updated the SADC Pharmaceutical Business Plan 2015 – 2019
  • Development of the Pharmaceutical Procurement Supply Management standards and good practices for use by SADC countries in streamlining systems and procedures for increased efficiencies
  • Review of intellectual property and patent laws to enable SADC countries to take advantage of the TRIPS flexibilities
  • Creation of vehicles for Civil Society to participate in improving access to medicines through advocacy and monitoring systems
  • Development of an evidence gathering tool using mobile telephone technology at the end-user level to collect data on stock-outs of medicines at community facility level. The programme called TENDAI, combines a user-friendly input process with a robust database, accessible via the web. Success stories were compiled showing how TENDAI was used to influence policy changes in countries and improvements in the supply of medicines
  • Updating and aligning  of SADC regional medicines registration guidelines to ICH Common Technical Document (CTD) format – agreed for adoption in the region by the SADC Health Ministers in November 2013

We have worked and collaborated with the following partners:

Aids Accountibility
AidsFonds
ARASA
OSISA
ReAction Consulting
Essential Medicines & Health Products
Service Delivery
Information Sharing
Human Resources
Health Service Governance
Financial Management

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