A major step forward for drug quality control in Benin and the sub-region


At the beginning of January, courses for the first year of the “Quality Control – Quality Assurance of Medicines and Health Products” Masters began at the Faculty of Science and Health in Abomey-Calavi, Benin.

This 1st intake comprises 15 students from Benin, the DRC and Togo, all of whom have initial training in pharmacy, engineering and chemistry. In particular, the Foundation will be funding grants to cover the students’ tuition fees and living expenses.

This new Master’s degree is the fruit of a partnership with Professor Achille Yemoa, who is in charge of the programme, in a context marked by a shortage of specialists in the quality control of health products in Benin and the sub-region. The Beninese government has reaffirmed its determination to combat falsified medicines, with a national agency for quality control of health products and water that is working to achieve international norms and standards and become a WHO pre-qualified laboratory.

This Master’s degree will support this strategy by training specialists in charge of the overall management of the quality of medicines and health products in public and private companies.