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Update on DGME’s digitalization

The digitalization work of the Directorate General of Medical Education (DGME) continues to make progress. Two new developments following the publication of our previous March-April 2022 issue are below: Ministry of Health and Family Welfare approved central student information management system: On 30 June 2022, DGME demonstrated its new central student information management system for officials …

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BHB to assess adherence to good pharmacy practice by the model pharmacies/ model medicine shops

An experienced researcher will soon begin BHB’s study to assess dispensers’ adherence to good pharmacy practice (GPP) at accredited model pharmacies and model medicine shops. The study will investigate dispensers’ knowledge, attitudes, and practice in 32 districts where BHB and DGDA rolled out accreditation. The study will also look at dispensers’ views of the usefulness, …

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Hon’ble Health Minister initiated discussion for 5th Health Sector Programme – BHB provided facilitation support

On 6 June 2022, the Hon’ble Health Minister of Bangladesh, Zahid Maleque, MP, met with 83 representatives from other government ministries and divisions, key health institutions, diplomatic missions, development partners, development banks, and international health organizations to discuss the vision and design of the forthcoming 5th Health, Population and Nutrition Sector Programme of Bangladesh 2024-2028. …

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Accreditation of 2,419 medicine outlets against target of 4,000 for 2022

The Directorate General of Drug Administration (DGDA), with assistance from the Better Health in Bangladesh (BHB) project, aims to accredit 4,000 medicine outlets in the country in 2022. By the end of June 2022, 2,419 medicine outlets had been accredited—60% of the target. The medicine outlets, following accreditation, will be regarded as either model pharmacies …

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Pharmadex export module for DGDA

Bangladesh pharmaceutical companies export medicines to more than 150 countries. Currently, however, companies must submit applications manually, which takes a long time and is an aggravation for both applicants and DGDA. DGDA asked for help to digitalize the export application process. Management Sciences for Health’s two projects, BHB and Medicines Technologies and Pharmaceutical Services are …

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New TA on SARS-CoV2 Genome sequencing for IEDCR

At their 17th meeting in March, the Technical Assistance Committee approved a proposal to build the Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research’s (IEDCR) SARS-CoV2 genomic sequencing ability. BHB with support from the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office will help implement the year-long project. Technical support will help strengthen the five-member team’s laboratory capacity; supply …

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Impressive progress on DGME’s digitalization

BHB is supporting the Directorate General of Medical Education (DGME) to digitalize all its functions. A consulting firm added three new modules: medical education facility registry, central admission management system, and foreign student admission processing. Medical education facility registry: Built to manage data from public and private medical education institutions and centers, this electronic registry …

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BHB supports PCB to develop a training manual for Grade B pharmacists

The PCB registers medicine dispensers in Bangladesh and runs a training program on good pharmacy practice as part of their continued pharmacy education. Bangladesh has Grade A pharmacists (university graduates), Grade B pharmacists (diploma holder in pharmacy from an institute of health technology), and Grade C pharmacy technicians (passed a PCB certificate course). PCB has …

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BHB completed training for over 6,000 Grade C pharmacy technicians

In March, BHB completed its planned training program of the Grade C pharmacy technicians as part of DGDA’s accreditation program. BHB’s target was to train 6,000 Grade C pharmacy technicians, and from August 2021 to March 2022, BHB achieved 103% of the target by completing training of 6,206 participants against 6,357 dispensers who started the …

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Medicine outlets’ readiness for accreditation: Over 90% success

The Directorate General of Drug Administration (DGDA), with assistance from the Better Health in Bangladesh (BHB) project plans to accredit 4,000 medicine outlets in Bangladesh as either model pharmacies or model medicine shops in 2022. The accreditation is a five-step process: Pre-assess medicine outlets to see if they meet three basic criteria (viz., a valid …

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Spotting unlicensed private retail medicine outlets in eight divisional city corporations

Having a valid DGDA drug license is mandatory to operate any private retail medicine outlet in Bangladesh. However, thousands of outlets are estimated to be doing business without a valid license. To get a better view of the situation, between November ২০২১ and February, 2022, a BHB team of 18 began visited 8 divisional city …

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Benefits of the DGDA automated drug licensing and renewal system

The automated drug licensing and renewal system (ADLRS), a software established by BHB in partnership with DGDA and an information technology firm, is reducing staff and clients’ (drug shop owners) time and effort. The clients are receiving hassle-free and quicker service at a lower cost. The ADLRS, piloted for two months and officially launched in …

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Progress in digitalizing process of DGME’s operations

BHB is supporting the Directorate General of Medical Education (DGME) in a year-long process to develop a comprehensive management information system. We are developing a wide range of solutions to digitalize almost all medical education management functions. Based on advice from the DGME Director General and his colleagues, the team prepared a priority list of …

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Post-assessment of retail medicine outlets for accreditation begins

BHB provides technical assistance to the Directorate General of Drug Administration (DGDA) to facilitate the accreditation of retail medicine outlets in Bangladesh. There are six steps for accreditation, shown below. Six steps for issuing accreditation certificates to retail medicine outlets Pre-assessment: Trained monitors conduct pre-assessments of retail medicine outlets to see whether they fulfil the …

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Work begins on an all-inclusive management information system for DGME

BHB is supporting the Directorate General of Medical Education (DGME) to develop a comprehensive management information system in a year-long process. BHB hired a consulting firm to develop a wide range of solutions for the digitalization of almost all medical education management functions. The DGME Director General and his colleagues met with the consulting firm …

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Strengthening disease surveillance for the next pandemic

The devastating COVID-19 pandemic experience made governments across the world confront the need for a strong national disease surveillance system and response. The Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), in the forefront of Bangladesh’s pandemic response, wanted to assess the existing disease surveillance system as a first step toward improving its strength, responsiveness, and effectiveness. …

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Inauguration of the DGDA automated drug licensing and renewal system

The DGDA wanted to streamline the retail drug outlet licensing and renewal process to better track licensing status and to make the process easier for applicants, so BHB hired an information technology firm to develop software to automate the system. For several months, the system underwent many reviews and received feedback and was piloted under …

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BHB exceeds its 2021 dispenser training target

BHB’s training program for Grade C Pharmacy Technicians ran from August 21, 2021 to January 3, 2022—exceeding the target of 3,000 participants. The number of participants who completed the training was 3,649 (98% male) with a 5% drop out. BHB tested the trainees before and after the course: out of a score of 50, the …

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Spotting unlicensed private drug shops in eight divisional city corporations

Having a valid drug license from DGDA is mandatory to operate any private drug shop; however, thousands of drug shops are doing business without a DGDA license. Without more staff, DGDA has difficulty in monitoring the situation. As DGDA’s partner in improving good pharmacy practice in Bangladesh, starting on November 21, 2021, BHB began helping …

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