USAID Works to Improve Quality of Pharmacist Training

On June 10, 2015, USAID/DRC Mission Director Dr. Diana Putman officially introduced the University of Kinshasa (UNIKIN) School of Pharmacy’s Strategic Plan for 2016 to 2020 to the Minister of Higher Education (ESU), Mr. Théophile Mbemba Fundu.

A group of comic actors performing a sketch to sensitize the audience about harmful drugs non-professional Pharmacists deliver in the local market.(State Dept Image)The Strategic Plan lays out four short, medium and long-term goals for the School of Pharmacy, as well as targets to achieve them. These include: training enough pharmacists of high quality to meet the country’s needs and international standards; promoting research and development in science; revitalizing community service; and improving governance and promoting partnership.
“To improve the pharmaceutical sector, we must address the root of the problem, which is pharmacist training. I welcome the presentation of the Strategic Plan which is the compass for the School of Pharmacy to train highly specialized health professionals,” said the Minister of the Higher Education, Mr. Théophile Mbemba. “This was the first time ever for any University of Kinshasa School to develop a strategic plan,” Minister Mr. Mbemba said.

The Strategic Plan was developed by the School of Pharmacy with technical support from the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) based in the United States thanks to USAID funding.