For an efficient management and responsible use of medicines
Main beneficiary countries:Cameroon - Congo - Kinshasa - Mali - Madagascar - Benin - Senegal - Morocco - Togo - Burkina Faso - Haiti
Country of origin: Switzerland
Healthcare themes targeted
Stage of development:
Area where initiative is utilised
Initiative start date
Despite the progress made in recent years towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals, the unsustainable use of medicines remains a major global problem. More than half of medication is still used inappropriately.
The potentially dramatic consequences on the health of populations (non-adherence to treatment, increase in bacterial resistance, adverse drug events, morbidity/mortality) and the resulting economic challenges, make it essential to strengthen rational use in health facilities, particularly in countries with limited resources.
The pharmacist, through medicine-centred training, is a key player in optimising the therapeutic management of patients, in collaboration with doctors and nursing staff. Several studies have shown that the pharmacist has a positive impact, not only in improving care (quality and safety of services involving drugs), but also in the cost-effectiveness of treatments.
There is currently little or no higher education specific to hospital pharmacy in French-speaking Africa.
The use of information technology to offer free online courses makes it possible to reach professionals with limited access to training (political, economic reasons, lack of local skills, distance, time, etc.).
In order to overcome the lack of interaction in online courses, the "blended learning" format or mixed training (e-learning + face-to-face seminar) is proposed. Practical training and exchange workshops are held once a year in low/middle-income countries. These workshops provide a forum for discussion to strengthen links within the international pharmaceutical community but also to exchange practices, coordinate information and share experiences
Health professional training
747 Number of beneficiaries since launch
150 Number of users per Year
Academic entities: Universities, research laboratories, etc.
Organizational: Communities, public authorities, NGOs, associations, foundations, etc.
Health: Healthcare professionals and structures