Pharmacy Students in Nigeria under the aegis of the Pharmaceutical Association of Nigeria Students (PANS) are set to host the first ever Certificate Course in Global Health Pharmacy in West Africa.
This is in collaboration with AB Global Health Initiative, an NGO based in Nigeria.
The Head, Global Health Pharmacy Projects, Aniekan Ekpenyong, says the course will be held at three Nigerian universities; one in the north which would serve as the Northern cohort, another in the West (Western cohort) and the last in the South (Southern and Eastern cohort).
A press release by the Head of Global Health Pharmacy Projects, AB Global Health Initiative, Aniekan Ekpeyong, made available to Edufrica, indicates that the center for the northern cohort will be at the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Ahmadu Bello University, while the Faculty of Pharmacy, Obafemi Awolowo University Ife hosts the Western Cohort and the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Port Harcourt will serve as the centre for the Southern/Eastern Cohort.
The certificate course introduces theories and concepts including current trends, issues, challenges and debates in global health to provide a critical understanding of the determinants that shape the current global health situation, and the important role expected of pharmacists to play.
The course aims to raise critical thinkers in pharmacy who are able to contribute to debates and challenges in global health, inspire and develop pharmacists who will in the near future lead advocacies for global health issues and also provide a platform for networking with other global health leaders in Africa.
The course director and lecturer is Professor Don Eliseo Lucero Prisno III of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Don Eliseo has published in the fields of global health and public health in scientific journals and has authored book chapters. His work has been recognized by a number of international awards including the first Global Health Promotion Practice Award by the World Health Organization (WHO) and International Union for Health Promotion and Education (IUHPE).
Targets of the course include pharmacists, recent graduates of pharmacy and pharmacy students in Nigeria and West Africa. The date is slated for the 5th – 12th of February, 2017 (6th -7th for the Northern Cohort, 9th – 10th for the Southern/Eastern Cohort and 11th – 12th for the Western Cohort).