Under this year’s theme, “Pharmacies United in Action for a Healthier World,” the US Government (USG) joined the Cameroon National Order of Pharmacists to celebrate World Pharmacist Day at a conference in Douala on September 23 with the participation of officials from Cameroon.
Ministry of Public Health.
The US Government is committed to strengthening the public-private partnership and supports the Department’s efforts to continue decentralizing the dispensing of antiretroviral (ARV) drugs for HIV/AIDS to include private pharmacies.
The ai representative of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Allan Reed, stated: “With the financial support of the Government of the United States, the Department of Public Health, in collaboration with its technical and financial partners, including the National Order of Pharmacists of Cameroon, developed and validated guidelines on the dispensing of ARVs in private pharmacies; operational tools for demand creation, enrollment, health information management; and the monitoring and evaluation of this differentiated care model.
Training of trainers has already been carried out and 40 pharmacists and pharmacy staff in the cities of Yaoundé and Douala have been trained.
The actual dispensing of ARVs through private pharmacies is scheduled to begin on October 1, 2022.” The US government, through USAID, works in partnership with the Department of Public Health to deliver HIV/AIDS and malaria commodities to health facilities without delay.
USAID has helped train 100 pharmacists and assistants from the North and Far North regions in inventory management.
As a result, decentralized distribution will improve access to HIV/AIDS care by reducing client waiting times at health facilities and increasing health outcomes.
It will also align and complement existing community distribution models.
In 2022, USAID invested up to $15 million (FCFA 7 billion) for the acquisition of pharmaceutical products and supply chain systems.
This investment helped strengthen supply chain capacity in around 800 health facilities in Cameroon.
USAID also worked to improve ordering practices for health products through the training of pharmacists and staff of some pharmacies in more than 300 health establishments throughout the national territory.
The training included the online ordering process for HIV/AIDS commodities.
The US government welcomes Cameroon’s ratification of the treaty establishing the African Medicines Agency and encourages the creation of a Cameroon Medicines Agency.
USAID provides technical support for the development and validation of the draft decree establishing this agency, which is an important priority for the Cameroonian Ministry of Public Health and the National Order of Pharmacists.
USAID also helps strengthen Cameroon’s health supply chain and supports the Ministry of Public Health in revising pharmaceutical legislation.