Being given the ability to rely on their own drug specialists is an invaluable forward step for the countries of the South.
To further this progress, Fondation Pierre Fabre has made training a priority.

As is widely known, especially since the Kampala Declaration in 2008, the shortage of qualified personnel is a major obstacle to public health in the least-developed countries. Sending funding and medicines without the support of adequate human resources is an ineffective strategy over the long term.

Pierre Fabre was acutely aware of this reality when creating the Foundation. Which is why he focused his efforts on training pharmacists and drug specialists. He believed that integrating seasoned professionals into the healthcare systems of the least-developed countries was the only way to provide consistent, long-term access to quality medicines.

With the support of a network of French academics, the Foundation devotes its energies to updating the pharmaceutical curricula in countries of the South and overseeing training of teachers and students, sometimes to the doctorate level. Approaching the issue from another angle, the Foundation helps governments battle the spectacular rise in counterfeit drugs, boosting the resources and skills of their quality control laboratories and other central purchasing entities.

Fondation Pierre Fabre ultimately intends to expand its expertise to encompass all health workers, in both initial training and continuing education. Doing so entails developing distance education in addition to the in-person courses already in place. It is a way for the Foundation to address the increasingly complex public health issues in the South.

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Vietnam / Cambodia / Laos - A new generation of pharmacists trained in Southeast Asia

Vietnam / Cambodia / Laos - A new generation of pharmacists trained in Southeast Asia

On 8 November, the 14 students of the Master Mekong Pharma Class of 2015-2017 received their degrees. They form the fourth graduating class of this French Master’s 2 transferred to Southeast Asia. The graduation ceremony was held at the University of Health Sciences in Laos and was attended by Professor Pouthone, Vangkonevilay, Rector, Mr Jacques Fabre, Secretary of the Fondation Pierre Fabre, Ms Claudine Ledoux, Ambassador of France to Laos and representatives of the Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie.

Vietnam - The third graduating class of the Master Mekong Pharma

On 15 November, the 15 students of the Master Mekong Pharma Class of 2016 received their degrees during a ceremony held at the Hanoi University of Pharmacy, an event attended by representatives of partner universities, the Fondation Pierre Fabre, Vietnam’s French Embassy and the Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie (AUF).

The Master Mekong Pharma, established in 2012 through a Fondation Pierre Fabre initiative, trains the drug specialists that are critical to public health in Southeast Asia.