This new development follows the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the Poly and PharmAccess Foundation Namibia (PAFN) which is part of an international group dedicated to affordable access to quality health care in Africa.
The Rector of the Poly, Tjama Tjivikua, said: “‘In an attempt to fill the gap in training requirements for the changes promulgated in the Medicines and Related Substance Control Act in 2012, PharmAccess Foundation Namibia (PAFN), a not for profit organisation, developed a short course in Dispensing, in partnership with the S Buys Academy in South Africa. This Dispensing Course for Health Care Professionals is recognised as a qualification for the issuing of a dispensing license to Health Care Professionals who meet all the other eligibility criteria set by the Namibia Medicines Regulatory Council.
“During the development of the Dispensing Course and discussions with the Pharmacy Council of Namibia and the Pharmaceutical Society of Namibia, a great need was identified for a Pharmacist’s Assistant course for the private sector. The content of the course was reviewed by Namibian pharmaceutical experts including the UNAM School of Pharmacy. Pharmacist’s Assistants play an important role in the rendering of pharmaceutical services.
The role of the Pharmacist’s Assistant is one of providing support to the Pharmacist and therefore requires that the assistant be suitably trained in the basic functions involved in the delivery of pharmaceutical services. The Poly is thus responding innovatively to an important need in our country.”
The Managing Director of PAFN, Ingrid Weissnar, said the agreement builds on the relationships her company has fostered with Namibian organisations over the past 11 years. “Through this collaboration agreement, PAFN looks forward to continuing in the footsteps of the company’s founder, Prof Joep Lange, whose mission it was to inspire the younger generation of scientists and technologists to continually strive for new evidence, new innovations and passionately translate this to action to make quality.