Transforming Pharmacy Practice in Response to the Health Reform in Ethiopia
Start time27/August/2009 00:00End time29/August/2009 00:00VenueGlobal Hotel, Addis Ababa, EthiopiaConference contacts
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A three day conference was held at Global Hotel marking the 29th year annual conference of the Ethiopian Pharmaceutical Association (EPA) with a theme ‘Transforming Pharmacy Practice in Response to the Health Reform in Ethiopia’ and was declared open by the guest of honor, Mr. Gabriel Daniel. The first event was an award ceremony where winners of three different titles were given their awards. Winners for special contribution by service and special contribution through researches received a medal each and certificates while an outstanding graduating pharmacist received a cup from the guest of honor.
Then a series of presentations and panel discussions pertaining to the theme of the 29th annual conference succeeded. Dr Abraham Endeshaw from FMOH presented on ‘The Health reform in Ethiopia and its impact on pharmacy practice’ followed by Dr. Ephrem Engidawork, SOP, AAU who talked about ‘Addressing the quality and Number of Human Resource Need in Pharmacy Practice in Ethiopia’. Questions and suggestions were raised on the issues by participants of the conference and the presenters responded to questions accordingly.
The afternoon event saw five presentations, the first being on ‘Transforming Hospital Pharmacy Practice To Meet The Changing Need In Pharmacy Service’ by Dr Negussu Mekonen, MSH/SPS and Ato Bruck Messele’s presentation on ‘Reshaping Community Pharmacy Practice to Respond to Current Health Trends’ succeeded soon. After an exchange of questions and suggestions and then responses from presenters, Ato Solomon G/Amanuel, EPHARM presented on ‘Drug manufacturing in Ethiopia: Transformation to Respond to Local Needs and Become Internationally Competent’ followed by Ato Mukemil Abdela, PFSA, who talked about ‘Impacts of the Health Reform on Pharmacy Import, Whole Sale and Distribution’ and finally Ato Mengsite`ab W/Aregay, DACA, on ‘Regulatory Challenges in Pharmacy Sector and Need for Change in the Current Practice’
The second day was allocated for scientific presentations which were predominantly of young researchers. The morning session saw six presentations of scientific researches. Ato Befekadu Legesse’s presentation on ‘Prevalence and Antibiotic Susceptibility Pattern of Staphylococcus aureus Strains from Inpatients and Outpatients in Jimma University Specialized Hospital, Jimma South West Ethiopia’ was the first one followed by ‘Performance Assessment of Clinical Microbiology Laboratories in Ethiopia; Bacterial Identification and Antibiotic Susceptibility Testing’ by Ato Surafel Fantaw. Dr Legesse Garedew (DVM) was the next to talk on ‘Antimicrobial Susceptibility Patterns of Respiratory Tract Pathogens Isolated from Sheep’.
The last presentation before tea break was by Ato Birhanu Damtew (Jimma University Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine College) on ‘Assessment Of Consumption Pattern of Antimicrobial Drugs in Food Producing Animals at Veterinary Clinic of Jimma University Agriculture And Veterinary Medicine Collage, Jimma, South West Ethiopia’. Then participants raised different questions and forwarded suggestions too.
Two presentations followed tea break the first presenter being Ato Deresse Daka, Hawasa University, on ‘Relation Ship between Total Lymphocyte Count (TLC) and CD4 Count among People Living with HIV, South Ethiopia’ and finally Martha Tibebu (M.D) talked about ‘Switches Between Regimens among Pediatric Patients in Gondar Teaching Hospital: Challenges of Limited Resource’. Then the two presenters responded to questions from participants.
Seven research papers were presented in the afternoon three before and four after tea break. Mebruka Mohammed Amin presented on ‘Comparative Quality assessment of Different Brands of Efavirenz found in Ethiopian Market’. A research paper on ‘Evaluation of the in vivo Antihypertensive and in vitro Vasodepressor Activities of the Leave Extract of Syzgium Guineense (Wild) DC’ was then presented by Ato Yohannes Ayele. Ato Chalachew Teshale was the third presenter to talk on his study entitled ‘Antimicrobial Effects of the Extracts of Some Selected Aromatic Medicinal Plants’. Then participants raised questions to which the presenters responded accordingly and suggestions were given as well.
After tea break Seid Ali, Mekele University, was the first presenter on ‘Assessment of effectiveness of DOT implementation in Tigray, Ethiopia’. ‘An Observational Study on Medication Administration Errors (MAEs) in Pediatric Inpatient Ward of Jimma University Specialized Hospital, Jimma South West Ethiopia’ succeeded soon and was presented by Yemiserach Feleke, Jimma University. The third presentation on ‘Assessment of Supply Management Current Status for Antiretroviral Therapy ART in Oromia Region’ was presented by Ato Alemayhu Lemma, SCMS, Namibia. Ato Michael Mulugeta, Jimma University was the last to talk about ‘Comparative Retrospective Drug Use Evaluation of Ceftriaxone Injection in Police and Black Lion Hospitals’. The scientific session was given an end with questions and suggestions as well as responses from presenters.
The morning session of the third day was on continuing education which included three presentstions. Ato Ephrem Abebe, AAU, talked on ‘The Role of Pharmacists in Chronic Diseases Management’. Next was ‘The Role of Pharmaceutical Supplies and Logistics in Improving Quality of HIV/AIDS Related Services’ presented by Hany Abdallah, country director, SCMS. Finally Dr Eskinder Tafesesse, from AstraZenica pharmaceuticals presented his study and shared experience on ‘Comparative Effectiveness in Health Care’.
The last event of the 29th annual conference, business meeting, was attended by members only and reports of different committees were presented. Ato Bruck Messele, vice president, presented report of the executive committee where he talked on activities carried out with regard to:
- promoting membership
- establishing branch offices
- activities to establish a drug information center of the association
- activities regarding the curriculum for pharmacy education
- training and continuing education
- publication and information
- developing a website of the association
- the relationship between the association and partners
- activities of committees
Report from the audit committee was next to be heard from the chairman, Ato Abdulmajid Abda who talked about gross financial activities over the year and also showed the cash balance at the end of the fiscal year. He also presented a list of income and expenses and result of an inventory on equipments and other office materials.
The third report came from the editorial committee and Ato Solomon Taddese, a delegate of the chairman presented the report. He talked about efforts to post papers in chemical abstracts and different web sites and other activities to promote the Ethiopian Pharmaceutical Journal and to encourage researchers.
Ato Yohannes Jorge, chairman of the capacity building committee was the last to report on activities carried out by the committee to generate financial support from different sources.
After questions were forwarded from participants to each presenter and different suggestions were given election of the new executive committee proceeded which saw Ato Hailu Tadeg, MSH/SPS, elected as the new president. The conference was closed after a reception and award ceremony.
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