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.