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HPSS: Health Promotion & System Strengthening Project
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MEDICINE DISPENSERS CERTIFICATE PROGRAM AT ST. JOHN’S UNIVERSITY OF TANZANIA

The SDC funded Health Promotion and System Strengthening (HPSS) project depends on sufficient health care workers to improve health care services. Baseline surveys revealed a critical shortage of pharmaceutical staff in public health facilities. Up to 96% of staff providing pharmacy services in public health facilities have no basic training in pharmacy; hence informal task shifting is necessary to manage medicines supply.

 

In collaboration and based on a Memorandum of Understanding with HPSS project, St. John’s University of Tanzania has launched a modular one year course for medicine dispensers to address the critical shortage of lower pharmaceutical cadre. The aim of this training programme is to produce adequately trained medicine dispensers who will work in primary health care facilities such as dispensaries, health centres and Accredited Drug Dispensing Outlets (ADDOs). One main objective is to retain this new cadre in rural areas. HPSS sponsored students have to sign a bonding contract to work in Dodoma region public health facilities for three years after graduation. 

The Dispenser Certificate course is endorsed by the Pharmacy Council and accredited by the National Council for Technical Education (NACTE) to suit the needs of the health sector of Tanzania. Graduates who perform well may progress to higher levels of pharmaceutical education. The course will also create new employment opportunities. The majority of the first 105 students are women who have decided to invest in education.

HPSS is providing financial and technical support during its phase II (2015-2019). Laboratories were renovated and equipped and local students are supported.

 

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