Fondation Pierre Fabre

For an efficient management and responsible use of medicines

Main beneficiary countries:
Cameroon - Congo - Kinshasa - Mali - Madagascar - Benin - Senegal - Morocco - Togo - Burkina Faso - Haiti

About the sponsor

Pharmacie des Hôpitaux Universitaires de Genève

The Geneva University Hospitals (HUG) are a group of public health institutions in the canton of Geneva and are the first university hospital in Switzerland. The HUG defend access to quality care for all but also develop cutting-edge medicine and have an international reputation. They have three main goals : treat, teach and research.

The aims of the HUG pharmacy service are to

  • provide all healthcare services (purchasing, storage, distribution) with medicines;
  • implement traceability from the flow to the administration to the patient;
  • ensure the production and preparation of personalised medicines;
  • contribute to the safety and economy of drug use.

In addition to its services within the HUG, the pharmacy department also develops research and teaching activities in collaboration with the University of Geneva (UNIGE). The pharmacy is committed to the field of "global pharmacy", in line with the institutional objective of the HUG to contribute to the quality of care at a global level.

Sector: Health: Healthcare professionals and structures

Country of origin: Switzerland

The organisation has:

Full-Time Equivalent
Service provider

Initiative overview

Healthcare themes targeted

  • Access to quality medicines/pharmacies
  • Cancer

Stage of development:

  • Routine project/operational

Area where initiative is utilised

  • International (in several countries)

Initiative start date

  • 11/01/2014


Financing method

  • Public (grant/subsidies, call for proposals/call for tender, etc.)
  • Private (private investors, crowdfunding, philanthropy, etc.)

Economic model(s)

  • Subsidies
  • Donations

About the initiative

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

The Pharm-Ed initiative aims to promote the efficient management and responsible use of drugs in health facilities in resource-limited French-speaking countries through:

  • free access to online training facilities (e-learning with evaluation system) on the proper use of medicines and good hospital pharmacy practices
  • the development and/or putting online of work tools to facilitate the implementation of good practices (procedures, guidelines, checklists, tutorials)
  • the organisation of seminars as part of blended-learning courses
  • the sharing of information and know-how through a community of practice

Pharm-Ed is aimed at French-speaking countries with low resources that have reduced access to quality medicines, and are faced with a severe lack of qualified health personnel and little access to training.

Fields of application:

Health professional training

Target audience

  • Healthcare professionals and structures (hospitals, healthcare centres/clinics, health networks)

Initiative objectives

  • Decreased mortality
  • Decreased morbidity
  • Improved treatment

Key figures

1262 Number of beneficiaries since launch

150 Number of users per Year

Materials used

  • Smartphone
  • Tablet
  • Computer

Technologies used

  • Internet
  • Mobile app (Android, iOS, Windows Phone, HTML5, etc.)

Offline use


Open Source


Open Data


Independent evaluation

evaluated independently


Université de Genève

Academic entities: Universities, research laboratories, etc.

Réseau Africain des Pharmaciens Hospitaliers

Organizational: Communities, public authorities, NGOs, associations, foundations, etc.

Service de cybersanté et téémédecine des HUG

Health: Healthcare professionals and structures