Rehabilitation of the Vientiane Faculty of Pharmacy
— Laos —
Since the late 1980s, Laos has gradually opened up to the world and modernised. Nevertheless, its public health and education needs were still substantial when it sought the help in 2004 of Fondation Pierre Fabre: its human development index had it ranked 133rd out of 177 countries.
Impressed by the Foundation’s work in Cambodia, the Laotian government – and, more specifically, the Minister of Health, Dr Pomnek Dalaloy – asked it to support the country’s development by rehabilitating the Vientiane Faculty of Pharmacy. The school did indeed lack proper premises, scientific equipment and qualified teachers. Nothing was in place that would be conducive to a quality educational experience. An initial partnership agreement was signed on 10 May 2005 and the Foundation embarked on the project with a threefold challenge before it: to fully satisfy the request, but, more importantly, to rally local youth around this renaissance and give the institution wings to fly on its own.
It subsidised renovation of various buildings that officially opened in 2008: 900m² of offices, labs and lecture rooms, a library, and more. At the same time, aided by the expertise of Professor Jean Cros, the Foundation audited the educational content, establisehd dialogue with local teachers, and forged a partnership with French universities to improve the curriculum: laboratory exercises were developed and the syllabi of the major disciplines were revamped. Lastly, the Foundation financed and organised teachings assignments from France, mainly to train trainers and in close partnership with the French government (Coopération française).
Today, the Vientiane Faculty has demonstrated its great value. It has been, for example, an integral element of the Master Mekong Pharma since 2012 and, in 2014, it welcomed the students of the third Master’s programme. Fondation Pierre Fabre nonetheless continues to support its development by granting scholarships, funding initial training, as well as hosting a joint laboratory shared by the Paul Sabatier University (Toulouse III) and the IRD (Institut de recherche pour le développement). All this means excellent Laotian candidates can pursue the Master’s and more drug specialists can be trained to meet Laos’ public health needs.
Training of drugs specialists
Type of involvement
Distributor and operator
- Renovation funding
- Pedagogical engineering: creation of practical works
- Financing of training scholarships at PhD, master and continuing education level
- Funding of scientific and educational materials
- Securing the practice rooms
- Funding and organisation of teaching assignments
- Scholarship funding
Pr Françoise Nepveu
PHARMA-DEV, UMR 152 IRD-UPS, Faculty of Pharmacy University of Paul Sabatier, Toulouse
ACHIEVEMENTS AND FUTURE INITIATIVES
students graduate every year from the Faculty of Pharmacy in Vientiane.
scholarships awarded in 2019 to teachers preparing a PhD, master’s degree or specialized training
Laotian graduates of the first Master Mekong Pharma class began teaching at the Laos University of Health Sciences in 2014
About ten Laotian students have joined the Mekong Pharma Master’s program since its creation.
teaching seminars in clinical pharmacy for Laotian teachers organized in 2019
A new plan to support the development of the Faculty of Pharmacy is being implemented for the period 2017-2021. It provides support for the training of young teachers through internships or Master or PhD degrees at Khon Kaen University in Thailand and equipment for students.
- UFR Sciences pharmaceutiques et Ingénierie de la Santé – Université d’Angers (consulting, teaching)
- Faculté des Sciences Pharmaceutiques – Université Paul Sabatier Toulouse III (consulting, teaching)
- Faculté Paris Descartes
To increase the number of drug specialists in Southeast Asia, Fondation Pierre Fabre created the Master Mekong Pharma, a Masters of Pharmaceutical Sciences programme. The first class was recruited in 2012.
Creation of the Master Mekong Pharma
As Togo is striving to improve its pharmaceutical education, the Foundation has been involved in revamping local pharmaceutical training since 2011.
Support for the pharmaceutical curriculum at the University of Lomé
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On 11 December 2019, in Vietnam’s capital of Hanoi, the students of the sixth and final Master Mékong Pharma class were awarded their degrees and a new cooperation programme was announced. To mark the occasion, a special presentation was made on the pharmacist’s role in drug quality assurance Training pharmacists in the Global South is a top public-health priority that the Fondation Pierre Fabre has chosen to support over the long term