Addressing a Shortage of Qualified Personnel
Malawi, like many low- and middle-income countries, has a critical shortage of pharmacy personnel. Government health centers have very limited access to trained pharmacy personnel. This leads to unqualified personnel managing medicines and supply chain and dispensing to patients, which impacts patient care and medicine availability.
In 2012, in collaboration with our partners, and with support from the Barr Foundation, USAID | DELIVER PROJECT, and Vitol Foundation, VillageReach launched a two-year Pharmacy Assistant Training Program at the Malawi College of Health Sciences with a strong emphasis on supply chain management and hands-on, experiential learning. The program provides immediate benefit to hospitals and health centers to address these human resource constraints.
“The Pharmacy Assistant Training Program is a big relief to clinicians working in rural and remote health centers. I hope that this program continues to grow as it is filling a critical need.
Thank you, VillageReach, their partners and donors who make the program possible.”
– Andrew Hauli (Health Center Manager) Nyungwe Health Center, Malawi