Training of drugs specialists: Interview with Noudy Sengxeu and Koffi Kowouvi

Noudy Sengxeu, Lecturer in analytical chemistry at the Laos University of Health Sciences Faculty of Pharmacy

Noudy SENGXEU

Lecturer in analytical chemistry at the Laos University of Health Sciences Faculty of Pharmacy, thesis from the University of Limoges (Evaluating the Quality of Antiepileptics in South-East Asia).

Koffi Kowouvi, Industrial pharmacist, galenic pharmacy assistant, pharmacy curriculum at the Faculty of Health Sciences at Togo’s University of Lomé

Dr. Koffi KOWOUVI

Industrial pharmacist, galenic pharmacy assistant, pharmacy curriculum at the Faculty of Health Sciences at Togo’s University of Lomé, doctorate from the University of Bordeaux (Pharmaceutical Formulation of Methylene Blue for Treating Malaria)

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Midwifery training in Laos

Since 2015, the support programme for the Department of Midwives of the Faculty of Nursing at the University of Health Sciences of Laos has been contributing to efforts to combat maternal and child mortality with the following results:

• 2 teachers with an international Master’s degree from Chiang Mai University, Thailand, and 2 others being trained in 2020;
• 36 teaching missions;
• 101 midwives with a Bachelor’s degree since the start of the project, 87%(1) working as midwives and 13%(1) as teachers, with 78%(1) working in the provinces;
• 64 students supported in 2020.

Outlook 2021-2025

In view of the encouraging results of this project, a new phase is in development for a new five-year project (2021-2025) designed to achieve sustainable development objectives throughout the Laotian territory. Training activities will be offered from the central to provincial levels, including initial and continuing training for teaching staff, students and alumni, as well as nursing staff. In parallel, there will be awareness campaigns organised to address everyone from the general public to health professionals to even the most isolated communities, as well as activities to update and equip training and health centres in the most remote districts in need.

(1) Data on 76 alumni from the classes of 2015 to 2019

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On the occasion of the release of its annual report, The Pierre Fabre Foundation is publishing a series of interviews with the partners who support it in carrying out local actions.

I was very fortunate to gain specific expertise that I share with Togolese students.

What role did the support you received from the Fondation Pierre Fabre play?

Noudy Sengxeu: It was an opportunity for me to pursue a doctorate that doesn’t exist in Laos and for which there’s rarely a scholarship. After I got my Master’s degree in quality assurance, I wanted to focus on public health to explore the issues of medication quality and accessibility in Southeast Asia. I couldn’t have done it without the Foundation’s support.
Koffi Kowouvi:
In Togo, there’s no way to specialise in galenic pharmacy. Going abroad was the only way to get the training I needed to bring the skill back to Lomé. Without the Foundation’s support, I wouldn’t have had the financial means to do it: I was very fortunate to gain specific expertise that I share with Togolese students through things like lectures and lab work

What new prospects have these studies abroad created for you?

Noudy Sengxeu: The thesis I just defended centres on the poor quality of drugs manufactured in SouthEast Asia for fighting chronic diseases. My plan is now to develop an initiative to help the local pharmaceutical industry strengthen its analytical and quality control capacities, which will involve training, awareness-raising and acquiring the appropriate equipment.
Koffi Kowouvi:
As we have a Foundation-funded galenic pharmacy laboratory at the University of Lomé, conditions have now been met for this key discipline to be a complete part in the sector’s activities and in securing the drug chain. Things have now been set in motion: this year, I’m supervising a thesis on professional practice in galenic pharmacy, a first in Lomé, and am also helping optimise locallyformulated products to improve treatment for people with albinism.

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