Background

Despite a life expectancy of 63 years of age, higher than the average in sub-Saharan Africa, Togo suffers from high rates of maternal and infant mortality. The government responded to this situation in 2010 by joining the International Health Partnership and related initiatives (IHP+), then by unveiling the 2012-2015 National Health Development Plan. Among the objectives was strengthening the national pharmaceutical system and its drug management capabilities.

This substantial political will, boosted by the presence of key personalities at the University of Lomé, led Fondation Pierre Fabre to support the pharmaceutical curriculum of the Joint Faculty of Medicine and Pharmacy. When the Foundation first undertook this project in 2011, there was no dedicated faculty for this course material: the classes were given by professors from the Faculty of Science and speakers from Senegal and Burkina Faso.

With help from its scientific advisor, Jean Cros, and Senegalese, Burkinabe and French academics, the Pierre Fabre Foundation first assessed the educational content. Overall, taking into account local health needs, the team updated and expanded the content of the pharmaceutical disciplines in chemistry, pharmacology, toxicology and pharmaceutical technology, respecting the educational syllabus deliberated by the ECOWAS for the whole of West Africa. It was a lengthy process first begun in 2011, only to be completed at the end of 2015. The creation of laboratory work became central to this new curriculum, so that future pharmacists could actually practice the procedures essential to their training. In parallel, the Foundation has been funding and coordinating the facilities’ renovation and improved equipment. Lastly, it arranged teaching assignments of French academics to train new trainers.

The class of 2013-2014 was the first to take advantage of these advancements. In the medium term, it should meet the government’s objectives of training teachers to international standards, generating drug professionals able to hold positions across all of Togo’s healthcare system and overseeing the quality of drugs that are distributed across the region.

Université de Lomé - Faculté Mixte de Médecine et de Pharmacie
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The support we receive from Fondation Pierre Fabre is critical to our faculty. We are taking full advantage of the Foundation’s experience, proven over many years in Asia and Madagascar. This makes building a productive and positive partnership possible.”

Pr François Gado Napo-Koura Former Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Lomé in charge of pharmacy. Appointed Secretary General for Health at the Ministry of Health in Togo in 2014

Achievements and future initiatives

Achievements

  • 2 young pharmacy graduates supported in their pursuit of a Master 2 in France in 2014

  • 6 teaching assignments for French academics, including establishing laboratory work in chemistry, pharmacology and toxicology in 2014

  • 37 students began the pharmacy curriculum in 2014/2015

  • 4 classrooms provided with equipment (one for each instructional level), as well as a 46m² library

  • 7 full labs equalling 315m² of floor space and 30 linear meters of work surface

  • 3 offices with a total area of ​​34m²

Future initiatives

In 2015, the Pierre Fabre Foundation increased its commitment to the University, including through establishing an on-site coordinator position and coursework in galenic formulation to enhance existing teaching practices.