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Improving pharmaceutical management in Uganda

In Uganda, the USAID-funded SURE (Securing Ugandan’s Right to Essential Medicines) program started in 2009, as part of the Uganda Health Sector Strategy Plan II. SURE worked toward improving access to quality essential medicines and health supplies for the population of Uganda. Throughout the SURE program, the leadership team conducted operational research to assess impacts of innovations in the system. Under the UHSC (Uganda Health Supply Chain), the follow-on program, which builds on SURE’s achievements, the team is summarizing for publication results from the assessments.

Articles published in this thematic series in Journal of Pharmaceutical Policy and Practice describe the pharmaceutical sector in Uganda at the start of SURE, interventions and tools created to build capacity in and improve pharmaceutical management at facility level, and assessments of changes in response to the program.

  1. Content type: Research

    Supportive supervision has been found to be more effective than corrective fault-oriented inspections. Uganda’s Ministry of Health in 2012 implemented a comprehensive strategy (SPARS) to build medicines manage...

    Authors: Rachael Henry, Lynda Nantongo, Anita Katharina Wagner, Martha Embrey and Birna Trap

    Citation: Journal of Pharmaceutical Policy and Practice 2017 10:33

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  2. Content type: Research

    Uganda introduced a multipronged intervention, the supervision, performance assessment, and recognition strategy (SPARS), to improve medicines management (MM) in public and not-for-profit health facilities. Th...

    Authors: Birna Trap, Denis Okidi Ladwar, Martin Olowo Oteba, Martha Embrey, Mohammed Khalid and Anita Katharina Wagner

    Citation: Journal of Pharmaceutical Policy and Practice 2016 9:21

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  3. Content type: Research

    Since its inception, the Uganda National Drug Authority (NDA) has regularly inspected private sector pharmacies to monitor adherence to Good Pharmacy Practices (GPP). This study reports findings from the first...

    Authors: Birna Trap, Kate Kikule, Catherine Vialle-Valentin, Richard Musoke, Grace Otto Lajul, Kim Hoppenworth and Dorthe Konradsen

    Citation: Journal of Pharmaceutical Policy and Practice 2016 9:18

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