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WHO Collaborating Centre for Advocacy and Training in Pharmacovigilance

The Centre for Tropical Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics, University of Ghana Medical School

WHO Collaborating Centre for Advocacy and Training in Pharmacovigilance

The Centre in Accra was designated as a WHO Collaborating Centre in 2009. The Accra Centre focuses on providing pharmacovigilance training in African countries, building capacity, promoting advocacy and strengthening reporting.

As part of the training function, the Accra Centre has organised fellowship and internship programmes, attracting fellows from several African countries. They also run courses for regulators, such as ‘Data management training for clinical and regulatory affairs’.

Activities to support countries and promote communication and advocacy of pharmacovigilance include: hosting annual workshops, visiting countries to assess national centres, and developing high-level training material and risk management plans.

The Centre develops, hosts and maintains a pharmacovigilance Toolkit. The Toolkit provides links to publications, handbooks, e-learning courses, and guidelines. There are specific tool-kits for pharmacovigilance in HIV, malaria and immunization programmes.

The Accra Centre works with the WHO/SAV to provide support for countries conducting cohort event monitoring (CEM) and other active surveillance studies of new medicines and vaccines.