Dr E.L.A. Senga, Lecturer, College of Medicine, University of Malawi
In Malawi, an undergraduate pharmacy training programme had been scheduled to start in 2000, but it was realized in time that more preparation was needed before the pharmacy training programme could commence successfully. Some of the constraints were the absence of pharmacists with postgraduate training in the country, the absence of a UPC and of adequate teaching facilities.
In the discussion after Dr Senga’s presentation it was concluded that for successful implementation of UPC in Malawi, regional support from established schools of pharmacy in Southern and Eastern Africa is required, as well as additional support from bodies such as WHO.