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Pharmacy Assistant Program

In 2013, VillageReach began an initiative to train and deploy a new cadre of  facility-based pharmacy staff to improve data management, decrease logistics burden on clinical staff and improve quality of care. The program ended in 2019.

Country

Malawi

Solution

Not Affiliated to a Solution

Topic

Human resources for health

Status

Complete

Background

Having a skilled health care workforce is a critical component of strong health systems. VillageReach, in collaboration with partners introduced The Pharmacy Assistant Training Program in Malawi in 2013. This program was a two-year certificate-level training program focused on improving medicines management and pharmaceutical practice in over 650 health facilities in Malawi. The program included:

 

  • Two five-month practicums in between classroom-based learning
  • Training on safely dispensing medicines and advising patients
  • Training on inventory management to ensure continuous access to health products 

Resources

Report  |  2019

Impact Assessment of Pharmacy Assistant Graduates in Malawi

Fact Sheet  |  2019

Pharmacy Assistant Training Program Overview

Research  |  2016

Examination of Patient Flow in a Rural Health Center in Malawi

Report  |  2016

Pharmacy Assistant Program Year Three Report

Research  |  2016

Fostering the use of quasi-experimental designs for evaluating public health interventions: insights from an mHealth project in Malawi

Research  |  2015

Introducing an enhanced cadre of pharmacy assistants to improve dispensing, management, and availability of medicines

Report  |  2015

ODK Scan in Malawi Final Field Test Report

USAID and VillageReach Data Burden Study image

Tool  |  2015

Decreasing the Data Burden at the Last Mile to Improve Data Management and Use for Stronger Pharmaceutical Systems

Research  |  2014

Introducing an enhanced cadre of pharmacy assistants to improve dispensing, management, and availability of medicines at the health centre level in Malawi

Tool  |  2014

Barr Foundation From Local to Global

Global Health: Science and Practice

Research  |  2014

SMS versus voice messaging to deliver MNCH communication in rural Malawi: assessment of delivery success and user experience

Research  |  2014

SMS versus voice messaging to deliver MNCH communication in rural Malawi: assessment of delivery success and user experience

Report  |  2012

Pharmacy & Supply Chain Strengthening Program

This program serves a great need in the community, and it has helped me, providing education and job opportunities. I love my job.

– AARON, PHARMACY ASSISTANT, LUMBADZI HEALTH CENTER, MALAWI

Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

Program Impact

Partners

Government

  • The Malawi Ministry of Health and Population

Technical Partners

  • University of Washington Global Medicines Program
  • Malawi College of Health and Sciences

Donors

  • USAID | DELIVER PROJECT
  • Barr Foundation
  • Vitol Foundation
  • USAID’s Global Health Supply Chain– Procurement and Supply Management (GHSC-PSM) project

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