Pharmaceutical Supply Chain and Regulatory Issues in Ethiopia: Challenges and Opportunities

DRA lecture held by Dawit Teshome Gebregeorgise, Senior Lecturer and Coordinator of Health supply chain management program in the Department of Pharmaceutics and Social Pharmacy, School of Pharmacy, Addis Ababa University.

Mr. Gebregeorgise has more than 11 years of experience in teaching, research and consultancy in the area of medicine use, pharmaceutical supply management and pharmaceutical regulation. He teaches courses including pharmaceutical supply chain management, quantification of medicines, pharmacoepidemiology and research method. Currently, he is Co-PI of Admas programme funded by BMGF to support the transformation of Ethiopian Pharmaceutical Supply Agency - major public supplier and distributor of pharmaceuticals in Ethiopia and covers almost 80% pharmaceutical demand of the country.

The lecture will discuss pharmaceutical regulatory issues in resource constrained countries, with a focus on Ethiopia and East Africa. It will also describe how regulations have an impact on pharmaceutical supply and distribution, the provision of health care services and medicine use in this context. The current collaboration between East African countries to align regulatory matters will also be described. This lecture gives an opportunity to understand more about the challenges faced by resource constrained countries when it comes to pharmaceutical issues, and what is done to overcome these challenges.

The lecture is organised on behalf of the graduate programme in pharmaceutical sciences, Drug Research Academy, by Associate Professor Susanne Kaae, Department of Pharmacy, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen.

The DRA lecture is free of charge and open for attendance by all interested parties. It is not necessary to pre-register.