This new development follows the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the Poly and Pharmaccess Foundation Namibia (PFN) which is part of an international group dedicated to affordable access to quality health care in Africa.
The Polytechnic and PFN will collaborate to deliver courses to prospective Pharmacy and Dispensing Assistants and later, possibly, in Pharmacotherapy.
The Rector of the Poly, Tjama Tjivikua, before signing the agreement, provided some background to the decision to implement the new programmes: “In view of the growing global phenomenon of drug resistance of many micro-organisms resulting from the availability of drugs to patients, greater importance has been given to dispensing which, in a bid to arrest the prevalence of drug resistant micro-organisms, serves as one of the key mechanisms to control the distribution and use of drugs. Currently there is no Dispensing course being offered in Namibia, resulting in a serious gap in the national skills set.
“PFN and the Poly are therefore responding to this important need in our country by offering a two-year part-time certificate course. To alleviate the immediate challenge in our health system, in the interim, through this collaboration, we will also offer a short course in Dispensing,” Tjivikua said.
The Managing Director of PFN, 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, PFN 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 healthcare accessible to all,” Weissnar said.