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A new beginning: pharmacy in Malawi

By Brian Lockwood

Malawi needs pharmacists. There is no school of pharmacy in the countryand currently there are around 60 pharmacists for a population of 10million. A school of pharmacy is therefore required and, in January 2005,I was invited to the college of medicine, University of Malawi, at Blantyre,to take part in discussions about the setting up just such a school.

The announcement of final government assurance of the necessary fundingfor the plans is imminent. Teaching facilities and staff salaries (atleast for the first two years) will be covered by the proposed governmentfunding but attracting foreign staff will be a major problem. Althougha number of suitablemodules presently taught to first- and second-year medical students willbe suitable for foundation courses, the teaching of additional pharmacymodules in the first two years willrequire trained pharmacy staff. Likewise, nearly all third and fourthyear modules will need specialist pharmaceutical staff.

It is proposed that a professor and head of school will be recruitedsoon to prepare for the first entrance in January 2006 and to plan andcarry through further detailed curriculum planning and day-to-day managementof the project.

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Citation: The Pharmaceutical Journal URI: 10971160

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