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Many countries in Africa are introducing combinations of antiretrovirals as a part of WHO's strategy to provide antiretroviral treatment to an additional three million people by 2005. Most of the needed first-line drugs are also available as multi-source generics. As with many of the newly registered products there is still limited experience with the operational use of antiretroviral drugs in general, especially in the different developing country settings. It is imperative that measures should be undertaken not only to guarantee the quality of the products but also to ensure proper monitoring of their safety and efficacy.
A workshop course is being organized by WHO in Pretoria, South Africa from 1 to 10 September for HIV/AIDS programme managers and officials responsible for pharmacovigilance in eight African countries (Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, South Africa, Uganda, United Republic of Tanzania and Zambia). The programme for this workshop is included on page 8 of this issue.
The Annual Meeting of the National Centres participating in the WHO Programme for International Drug Monitoring will take place in October, in Dublin. The theme of this meeting is "Pharmacovigilance and focused surveillance methods" (draft agenda on page 10). This will be followed by the annual meeting of the International Society of Pharmacovigilance, also in Dublin. We hope to see many of you at one or both of these meetings.
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