Training of pharmacists in Zambia: Developments, curriculum structure and future perspectives

Chichonyi Kalungia, Aubrey, Tyson Muungo, Lungwani, Marshall, Sarah, Apampa, Bugewa, May, Claire and Munkombwe, Derick (2019) Training of pharmacists in Zambia: Developments, curriculum structure and future perspectives. Pharmacy Education, 19 (1). pp. 69-78. ISSN 1477-2701

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Abstract

In Zambia, local training of pharmacists commenced in 2001. Development of pharmaceutical education in Zambia
has been largely influenced by the national need for pharmacists in the healthcare sector. Training institutions offer
the Bachelor of Pharmacy (B.Pharm.) degree programme which follows a four-year curriculum structure. The
B.Pharm. programme aims to produce pharmacists with requisite competences to practise pharmaceutical care and
sustain the development of pharmacy in Zambia. Seventeen years down the line, Zambia continues to advance local
pharmaceutical education programmes. Over 700 pharmacists have graduated from the national training programmes
in Zambia which continue to address the pharmaceutical workforce needs. Pharmaceutical education in Zambia
offers a number of career prospects in hospital, community, pharmaceutical manufacturing, medicine regulation,
public health administration, and progression to academia. Positive transitions made to advance pharmacists’ training
in Zambia give a positive outlook for the future.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Pharmaceutical Education, Pharmacist Training, Curriculum, Zambia
Schools and Departments: Brighton and Sussex Medical School > Global Health and Infection
School of Life Sciences > Biochemistry
Subjects: R Medicine > RS Pharmacy and materia medica
Depositing User: Deborah Miller
Date Deposited: 12 Mar 2019 11:20
Last Modified: 01 Jul 2019 19:00
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/82420

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