The delegates departed Pretoria bright and early on Monday to drive to Limpopo, South Africa’s northern-most province which shares its border with Botswana, Zimbabwe, and Mozambique.
During the drive to Limpopo, delegates received a briefing with MSH staff from the USAID-funded Systems for Improved Access to Pharmaceuticals and Services (SIAPS) project on the innovative RxSolution pharmaceutical management system. RxSolution enables integrated stock management and ensures patients have access to essential medicines in South Africa.
Once in Limpopo, the first stop was a site visit to Mokopane Hospital in the town of Mokopane. There, delegates learned about pharmaceutical management at the regional level as they toured the hospital pharmacy and met with the Pharmaceutical Manager. The Manager discussed the hospital’s implementation of RxSolution through the Pharmaceutical Leadership Development Programme (PLDP).
After visiting Mokopane Hospital, the delegates learned about pharmaceutical management at the provincial level as they toured the Limpopo Pharmaceutical Depot in Polokwane, Limpopo province’s capitol city. There, they met with depot managerial and local government staff to discuss challenges and innovative strategies for building pharmaceutical capacity, including PLDP and the Community Service Pharmacist Program (CSP).
The day concluded with an intimate dinner and discussion with local implementers in Musina, the northern-most town in Limpopo province. Delegates discussed the progress made and challenges faced in strengthening delivery of and improving access to prevention, care, treatment, and support services for vulnerable populations with local civil society organization leaders.