Remodeling pharmaceutical care in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) amidst human resources challenges and the HIV/AIDS pandemic

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Authors:
Rosalyn C. King, Henry N. Fomundam

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Number of pages: 19
Publication date: 2009
Languages: English

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This paper discusses the shortages of health care workers trained in pharmaceutical care which promote compliance with treatment regimes, problems of sub therapeutic dosages, over dosage, adverse drug reactions, medication errors, and untreated indications in Sub-Saharan Africa which has 25% of the world’s disease burden but only 1.3% of the world’s health workforce.

This paper recommends task shifting to increase access to care and to prevent and treat HIV/AIDS, TB, and other diseases by training lower cadres of workers such as pharmacy assistants, pharmacy technologists and dispensers etc. in licensed pharmacies and drug shops in the community.