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Namibia’s First School of Pharmacy: From Creation to Graduation

On April 24, 2015, the first class of students graduated from the B.Pharm program at the University of Namibia (UNAM)–the first and only pharmacy degree program in the country. With the help of the USAID-funded SIAPS program, the Namibian Ministry of Health and Human Services was able to conceive, establish, and encourage enrollment in the B.Pharm […]

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Decentralized technical assistance from the Amazon Malaria Initiative improves antimalarial supply management in Loreto, Peru

The region of Loreto, in northeastern Peru, is the country’s largest. Traversing the region is a vast network of rivers that empty into the Amazon River Basin. Loreto is home to just over 1 million inhabitants,[ii] some 45% of whom reside in rural areas characterized by low population density. Poverty and illiteracy (35% and 6%, […]

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Building Local Capacity for Clinical Pharmacy Service in Ethiopia through a Holistic In-Service Training Approach

Recognizing the need for patient-focused services and the competency gap in the curriculum, schools of pharmacy in Ethiopia revised their curricula in 2008 to focus more on the patient. In addition, recognizing the potential benefits of introducing clinical pharmacy to the patients and the health sector, the Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH) has included clinical pharmacy services in the pharmacy chapter of the Ethiopian Hospital Reform Implementation Guidelines (EHRIG) as one of the key services to be provided by hospitals. The pharmacy chapter of the guideline has been implemented in all public hospitals since 2010. The document has explicitly indicated that pharmacists need to contribute to the safe, effective, and economic use of medicines so as to maximize treatment outcomes.

However, introducing clinical pharmacy services in Ethiopia requires pharmacists who are well trained in patient-focused services. That need proved to be a huge challenge in implementing the standards in the EHRIG because all pharmacists in the country were trained using the old product-focused curriculum. As a short-term solution to assist the Government of Ethiopia in commencing clinical pharmacy service at hospitals, SIAPS (and its predecessor program Strengthening Pharmaceutical Systems [SPS]) initiated an in-service training program aimed at building the clinical knowledge and skills of practicing hospital pharmacists. The training program proved to be a successful initiative that has attracted much interest and has brought together universities, the Pharmaceuticals Fund and Supply Agency (PFSA) and SIAPS for a new national objective: the initiation of clinical pharmacy service in Ethiopian hospitals, which is the first of its kind in the country.

Information contained in this report was delivered as a poster presentation at the 2015 American College of Clinical Pharmacy’s Global Conference on Clinical Pharmacy in San Francisco, California. Citation as follows:

Chanie T. Mekonnen N. Yiegezu Y. Tadeg H. An innovative in-service training course on clinical pharmacy for hospital pharmacists in Ethiopia. Poster presentation at the 2015 American College of Clinical Pharmacy’s Global Conference on Clinical Pharmacy, San Francisco, CA. October 19, 2015. 

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Pharmaceutical Management Information System: Support Supervision Report, January–March 2014, Cameroon

This report shows the result of continuous monitoring conducted quarterly in Cameroon to ensure stock availability at ART treatment sites of HIV and AIDS commodities. Data sources on patient information and consumption and report submission are from monthly reports collected at health facilities during supervision. Data on stock status are collected by the supervisors with the support of the pharmacy staff the day of the visit.

During this period, SIAPS—
-Trained storekeepers and pharmacy attendants in 100% of targeted health facilities on the use of stock cards and dispensing registers provided to improve the logistics management information system
-Provided a monthly reporting form to 100% of its health facilities and 100% of other health facilities in Cameroon to improve availability of data at central and regional levels for decision making
-Mentored store keepers and data clerks in observing good storage practices and data management

 

 

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Decreasing the Burden of TB Through Collaboration and Streamlined Approaches

The state of tuberculosis (TB) is in a tug-of-war as current challenges threaten to undo past successes. One of the primary hurdles currently facing TB prevention and cure is the emergence of strains that are resistant to at least two of the most effective medicines (rifampicin and isoniazid). So-called drug-resistant (DR)-TB arises when patients are […]

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