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.
Support for the pharmaceutical curriculum at the University of Lomé — Togo —
Creation of a pharmaceutical curriculum at the University of Antananarivo — Madagascar —
Rehabilitation of the Vientiane Faculty of Pharmacy — Laos —
Creation of the Master Mekong Pharma — Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam —
Rehabilitation of the LNCQM — Conakry, Guinea —
Upgrading of the Faculty of Phnom Penh — Cambodia —
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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.
Togo - Looking back on a 5-year partnership with the University of Lomé
This past April 5th and 6th, the Fondation Pierre Fabre, in cooperation with the Faculty of Health Sciences, held an educational conference in Lomé.
The focus of this gathering was to assess the progress made in this partnership and explore new opportunities for collaboration between both entities.
Hanoi – Graduation ceremony at the University of Pharmacy
The second Master Mekong Pharma graduating class in Vietnam.
In Hanoi, on Monday, 26 October, the Master 2 diplomas were distributed to the second graduating class of Vietnamese students of the Master Pharma Mekong programme.