Lifting the standards of drug safety in East Africa is the aim of a new project led by the Karolinska Institutet in Sweden.
While access to drugs and vaccines has increased in many African countries over recent years, the systems for monitoring treatment effects and reporting side-effects require further development, according to the institute. To remedy the problem the Karolinska Institutet is leading an international collaboration project on pharmacovigilance – dedicated to improving drugs safety – in four countries in East Africa.
Scientific coordinator for the project, Eleni Aklillu said: “The main aim of this project is to strengthen the national infrastructures for drugs safety monitoring in our partner countries in Africa. This involves developing regulatory capacity for routine surveillance and reporting, and training of staff working in healthcare and medical services and regulatory authorities.”
‘Drugs safety monitoring’
The project – known as PROFORMA – involves researchers from the Swedish institute working in partnership with researchers and experts from universities and regulatory authorities in Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania and Rwanda. Some regional and international stakeholders in the field of drugs safety are also taking part.
The PROFORMA is estimated to last five years and involve training at Master’s and postgraduate level...