Global Medicines Program

Strengthening Pharmaceutical Systems (SPS)

The Strengthening Pharmaceutical Systems (SPS) program builds institutional and individual capacity within developing countries to effectively and efficiently manage pharmaceutical systems, protect public health through improved governance in the pharmaceutical sector, and enable the increased use and successful implementation of population, health and nutrition priority services by improving the availability and use of medicines of assured quality.  SPS is supported by a contract that was competitively awarded to Management Sciences for Health (MSH) by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).  The University of Washington is one of the key partners of SPS-MSH providing technical assistance in pharmacovigilance, pharmacoeconomics, drug policy and pharmaceutical care.  To-date, the University of Washington has supported SPS activities in the countries of Ethiopia, Namibia, Rwanda and Vietnam.  Additionally, we have assisted MSH with the  following pharmacovigilance guidance documents for the SPS program:

Strengthening Pharmaceutical Systems (SPS).  Supporting Pharmacovigilance in Developing Countries.  USAID, Arlington, VA: Management Sciences for Health, 2009.

Strengthening Pharmaceutical Systems (SPS) Program: Indicator-Based Pharmacovigilance Assessment Tool: Manual for Conducting Assessments in Developing Countries. Submitted to the U.S. Agency for International Development by the SPS Program. Arlington, VA: Management Sciences for Health, 2009.