Pharmacy Education and Practice in Ethiopia: Challenges and Prospects

  • Start time
    27/August/2010 00:00
    End time
    28/August/2010 00:00
    United Nations Conference Center, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
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  • Executive summary

    Economic Commission of Africa conference rooms saw a two day conference on the 27th and 28th of August marking the 30th year annual meeting of the Ethiopian Pharmaceutical Association (EPA) with a theme of “Pharmacy Education and Practice in Ethiopia: Challenges and Prospects” and was declared open by the guest of honor, Ato Birhanu Feyisa, Director of Human Resource Development Directorate of the Federal Ministry of Health.

    The first event was an award ceremony where winners of five different titles were given awards. Winners for Research in Pharmacy Award, and Pharmaceutical Service Award received gold medals and certificates while an outstanding graduating student received a cup from the guest of honor. Two new awards, namely, award for best hospital pharmacy practice and best community pharmacy practice, were given for the first time.

    After an overview of report from the steering committee on EPA’s house project a recess for tea break was accompanied with exhibition tour in which manufacturers and distributors displayed their products.

    Panel discussion was by a series of presentations tuned to the theme of the conference.

    The first was on ‘Pharmacy Education in Ethiopia: Past, Present and Future’ by Dr. Teferi Gedif followed by Professor Tsige Gebremariam’s presentation on ‘Quality of Pharmacy Education in Ethiopia’. Mesfin Goji made presentation on ‘Strengthening Pre-service HIV/AIDS Education in Ethiopia Using Standards: the Case of Pharmacy Education’ before Dr Negussu Mekonnen spoke on ‘Pharmacy Practice in Ethiopia: Past, Present and Future’.

    Questions, suggestions and comments were forwarded by participants and the presenters responded to questions accordingly.

    After lunches break Ato Edmealem Ejigu, presented on “The Hospital Reform Initiative and its anticipated impact on pharmaceutical Services” and while Ato Yared Yigezu spoke on “The new Pharmaceuticals Supply and Service System in Ethiopia: Its implication on Pharmacy Education & Practice’. Questions and suggestions forwarded by participants were responded by presenters.

    The second day was mainly allocated for scientific session and business meeting. In the morning scientific session was held concurrently in two halls.

    Conference room one saw eight presentations, the first being Ato Eskinder Eshetu’s  “Quality of pharmaceutical care in government hospitals of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia” followed by  “ Assessment of drug & therapeutic committees in Addis Ababa public hospitals” by Birhanu Guta. “Assessment of drug use among pregnant women in rural health facilities in West Gojjam zone, Amhara regional state, Ethiopia” was presented by Mengis Hagos before Daniel Taddesse talked about his study in Diredawa, Ethiopia, on “Isoniazide preventive therapy implementation, adherence and determinants” and finally Tesfaye Tsigu presented on “assessment of pediatric adherence to highly active antiretroviral therapy in selected hospitals of Oromia, Ethiopia”.

    After tea break, presentations continued and Ato Solomon Kassahun presented “a Case Study Report on Irrational Antibiotic Use” followed by Elias Alemayehu’s presentation entitled “exploring the potential of web-based information system implementation in Ethiopia”.

    Meanwhile conference room three hosted a number of presentations as well.

    “Cross-linking Enset Starch Microspheres, Physicochemical Characterization and Study on Their Drug Loading and Release Properties” by Girma Belachew came first followed by Dr Anteneh Belete who presented on “Development of MRI contrast agents using hydrophobic nanocrystals: from chemical synthesis to in vivo applications” and Jemal Delebo on “Anti inflammatory Activities of Extracts of Some Traditionally Used Medicinal Plants in Ethiopia on Carrageenan-Induced Mouse Paw Edema” before Endale Melesse’s presentation on “`evaluation of the anti peptic ulcer activity of the extract of the leaf extracts of P.lancelota in rodents” .

    After tea break Habteweld Deti’s “persistent organochlorine pesticides level in cow and goat milk samples collected from some areas of Ethiopia” and Sultan Suleman’s presentation on “lumefantrine related impurities and their in-vitro assessment of toxicity risks” came in quick succession. The presentations were thoroughly discussed by participants and defended by presenters.

    Then participants from both conference rooms were gathered to room one and continuing education proceeded.

    Ato Hailu Tgegnework presented first on “Management of malaria: prevention, treatment and drug resistance” and “Antimicrobial resistance and its implication in therapeutics” was presented by Professor Eyassu Mekonnen.

    After lunch break Mengistu Alem talked on “Pharmaceutical care practice and its status in Ethiopia”. That happened to be the last presentation before Nina Sanchez was invited to share her experience by presenting about the pharmacy care services at Gambo Hospital.

    Shortly business meeting followed and Ato Hailu Tadeg, the president of the association, presented report of the executive committee where he addressed a number of issues. Audit report was presented by the secretary of the audit committee, namely, Ato Gizaw Jelebo and report from editorial committee was presented by Ato Solomon Taddesse. The last report was steering committee’s report by Ato Teklu Alemayehu.

    Participants raised questions and suggestions and a thorough discussion was made before reception and award at Ghion Hotel where cups and certificates were awarded to sponsors of the conference.