By --Joseph Kaiwood
The task of universal coverage includes the provision of effective and quality pharmaceutical products that can strengthen the health programs that consumers and community members can access.
Countries including Liberia are transitioning their health care programs to establish a process that will meet the needed guidelines advocating for the provision of universal coverage. Access to medicines is vital to the health care programs of this country and many more.
International bodies are in support of efforts that will strengthen the access to medicines and many more, but the individual communities and institutions must get involved in strengthening their health programs. Years, projects, and administrations come and go, but the identical situation presented as problems continue to resurface. The status of the national drug service, the supply chain bottlenecks, substandard pharmaceutical products on the market, the sale of pharmaceuticals through non-standard markets and many more continue to infect the image of the health program in Liberia.
We could have made some progress but are we making efforts to sustain the progress made and bring on board those areas dragging behind?
Instead of looking to government systems alone to provide the solution to all these tasks ahead, we at FIPOL have come to realized that the professionals, the managers of the pharmaceutical programs both public and private has got to address these concerns as individuals and communities wanting to see a clear path to self-reliance and providing access to medicines.
There could be alternate plans that will strengthen this sector of the health program in most developing countries like Liberia. The options for this country start with involving the partakers or stakeholders into a continuous monitoring and evaluation of the path selected. The collaboration should consider the efforts made by private sector health programs both the for-profit and the not- for- profit.
We have big plans and dreams that tend to die down when it passes out with a single implementer. The results of these plans can contribute to the discussion of the future thereby noting the importance of every idea. The solutions to the problems are within reach of the communities.
Government continues to welcome processes that will build the capacity of each health care program including pharmaceutical system governance, building institutional and human resource capacity for management and services, financing and resource allocation, gathering of information for decision making process and patient centered services.
We want to make sure our communities have equitable and sustainable access to safe, effective, quality confirmed, and affordable essential medicines and pharmaceutical services. The medium through which we can address situation of bad governance, the path to improving and of course the ideas that will make our system accountable.
The community citizen wants to have access to the needed medicines that will cure or bring in the desired relief. Individuals were trained for this purpose, for the provision of the services that should be rendered. We can develop models worth emulating by engaging this process with the cultural shift in the direction of owning the problems thus strengthening the process of accountability.
The purpose of this foundation is to link resources with the service providers, but we want to assure both parties of transparency, and the hope for improved outcomes. The plead and messages will continue in subsequent sharing.
Let us discuss the pharmaceutical component of the health package of Liberia. Thanks for riding with me through the hint of universal coverage, health supplies matters and the commitment to find solution.
Released: September 24th, 2015 06:10 PM
Author: Joseph Kaiwood