SIAPS Launches Accreditation of School of Pharmacy in DRC

The five-year, USAID-funded Systems for Improved Access to Pharmaceuticals and Services (SIAPS) Program in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) officially launched an initiative to evaluate the curriculum of the University of Kinshasa’s School of Pharmacy in order to assist the School in meeting international standards in pharmacy education for accreditation purposes. Joining SIAPS/DRC at the July 14 launch event were representatives from the USAID and the WHO, along with university faculty and researchers, public health officials, and the media. Minister of Higher Education Maker Mwangu stressed the government’s commitment to internationally recognized standards of educational excellence and USAID’s Deputy Director Christophe Tocco noted that “the absence of an effective pharmaceutical system can lead to adverse consequences for any society.” Dr. Joseph Cabore, WHO’s Country Representative, lauded USAID and MSH for continued support in strengthening the country’s health system.