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Plans announced for a Rwanda Society of Pharmacology

Plans were announced for the launch of a Rwanda Society of Pharmacology at the close of the first International Symposium on Medicines and Patient Safety held in Kigali 5-6 November.

The Symposium was attended by over 170 delegates and speakers from 6 countries (Rwanda, South Africa, Moroccoo, South Africa, UK and USA). who participated in an International Symposium on Medicines and Patient Safety was held in Kigali, Rwanda at the College of Medicine and Health Sciences (CMHS) on Wednesday 5th November 2014, followed on 6th November 2014 by an international videoconference on Prescribing Skills with Professor Simon Maxwell and on Pharmacovigilance with Professor Rita Benabdalleh from the WHO co-ordinating centre in Rabat, Morocco. The meeting included talks on medicines and communicable and non-communicable diseases by national and international clinical and policy experts from Rwanda, South Africa, USA and the UK.

The Symposium was held in partnership with Pharmacology for Africa, a consortium of 18 Sub-Saharan countries supported by the International Union of Pharmacology, and led by Professor Douglas Oliver and Professor Christiaan Brink, from South Africa, both of whom spoke at the meeting. The 3 major themes of the symposium were: educating health professionals in safe and effective use of medicines; regulating drugs, including pharmacovigilance and quality of medicines, reducing harm from high risk medicines and in patients with high risk conditions.

Outcomes of the Symposium included plans to launch the first Rwandan Pharmacology Society, publication of selected reviews and commentaries in the international journal Health Policy and Technology, and plans for a Second International Symposium on Medicines and Patient Safety in June 2015, themes to include Improving Prescribing Skills and Rational Guidelines for Antibiotics.

Speakers discussed ways to reduce risk from medicines for treating children and expectant mothers, preventing disorders of the heart and stroke, and for treating cancer and kidney disease. There were also round table discussions not only on prescribed medicines, but also on the risks of over-the-counter and traditional medicines.

Co-organizer and Pharmacist Dr Kayumba said: “The Symposium was timely in building on strategy in Rwanda on pharmacovigilance and on developing our undergraduate and postgraduate educational systems for good practice in use of medicines.”

Co-organizer and Physician Dr Musabeyezu added: “The Symposium provided important updates for doctors, pharmacists and nurses from Referrral and District Hospitals from throughout Rwanda on reducing risk of harm from high risk medicines often used for high risk diseases”.

Co-organizer and Clinical Pharmacologist Professor Singer said: “Medicines have powerful effects to help patients. However medicines also have the potential to cause powerful harmful effects. Education on how to ensure safe and effective use of medicines is therefore vitally important for patients and health services.”

Pharmacology of Africa President Professor Douglas Oliver said: “Partnership with Pharmacology for Africa brings important opportunities to improve patient health and safety through engaging with a wide range of international experts in education, training, clinical practice and research aimed at best practice in use of medicines.”

The symposium was supported by the World Health Organisation, Pharmacology for Africa, the International Union of Basic and Clinical Pharmacology, Partners in Health, the Rwanda Social Security Board, the University of Rwanda College of Medicine and Health Sciences, and by unrestricted educational grants by GSK and Roche.

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Press Release: Helping to improve safety in the use of medicines in Sub-Saharan Africa

Download Press Release for 5 and 6 November International Symposium on Medicines and Patient Safety, Kigali, Rwanda.

Press Release: 00.00h Monday 3rd November 2014

Helping to improve safety in the use of medicines in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Medicines have powerful effects to help patients. However medicines also have the potential to cause powerful harmful effects. Education on how to ensure safe and effective use of medicines is therefore vitally important for patients and health services.

An International Symposium on Medicines and Patient Safety is being held in Kigali, Rwanda at the College of Medicine and Health Sciences (CMHS) on Wednesday 5th November 2014, followed by an international videoconference on Prescribing Skills and on Pharmacovigilance on Thursday 6th November with contributors from the UK and the WHO. The meeting will include talks on medicines and communicable and non-communicable diseases by national and international clinical and policy experts from Rwanda, South Africa, USA and the UK.

The Symposium is being held in partnership with Pharmacology for Africa, a consortium of 8 Logo-PharfASub-Saharan countries supported by the International Union of Pharmacology, and led by Professor Douglas Oliver and Professor Christiaan Brink, from South Africa, both of whom will be speaking at the meeting.

The 3 major themes of the symposium are: educating health professionals in safe and effective use of medicines; regulating drugs, including pharmacovigilance and quality of medicines, reducing harm from high risk medicines and in patients with high risk conditions.

Speakers will discuss ways to reduce risk from medicines for treating children and expectant mothers, preventing disorders of the heart and stroke, and for treating cancer, retroviral disease and kidney disease. There will also be round table discussions not only on prescribed medicines, but also on the risks of over-the-counter and traditional medicines.

The meeting is being organised by British Pharmacological Society Fellow Professor Donald Singer from Yale School of Medicine and the HRH Program for Rwanda, Dr Pierre-Claver Kayumba, Pharmacist and University of Rwanda’s CMHS Vice-Dean, and Dr Emmanuel Head of Medicine at King Faisal Hospital in Kigali, in association with a national and international advisory board of distinguished health professionals.

Pharmacist Dr Kayumba said: “The Symposium is timely in building on strategy in Rwanda on pharmacovigilance and on developing our undergraduate and postgraduate educational systems for good practice in use of medicines.”

Physician Dr Musabeyezu added: “The Symposium will also provide important updates for doctors, pharmacists and nurses from Referrral and District Hospitals from throughout Rwanda on reducing risk of harm from high risk medicines often used for high risk diseases”.

Clinical Pharmacologist Professor Singer noted: “Partnership with Pharmacology for Africa brings important opportunities to improve patient health and safety through engaging with a wide range of international experts in education, training, clinical practice and research aimed at best practice in use of medicines.”

The Symposium is supported by WHO, Partners in Health, Pharmacology for Africa, the Rwanda Social Security Board, by an Educational Grant from GSK, and by the University of Rwanda College of Medicine and Health Sciences.

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Programme for 5th November Symposium

International Symposium on Medicines and Patient Safety

Wednesday 5th November 2014

Main Auditorium at the College of Health and Medical Sciences (formerly KHI), Kigali
(close to the Hotel Serena and to CHUK).

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International Symposium on Medicines and Patient Safety
Wednesday 5th November 2014

Main Auditorium – University of Rwanda – CMHS

7.30 am Registration and Coffee

8.30 am Welcome and aims of the day
Professor Donald Singer, Yale School of Medicine,
Department of Internal Medicine, University of Rwanda CMHS
HRH Program for Rwanda

8.35 am Official opening of the Symposium
Dr Pierre Claver Kayuumba, Vice-Dean, UR-CMHS

8.40 am Pharmacology for Africa
Professor Douglas Oliver, NW University, South Africa.
President, Pharmacology for Africa, South Africa

High risk drugs and settings – 1

9.05 am
Pharmacovigilance and the risks of expanded access to essential medicines for non-communicable diseases
Pacifique Remy, Head of Pharmacy, Partners in Health, Rwanda

9.35 am Round Table: Regulating Medicines

Health professional regulation and regulation of medicines in Rwanda
Anicet Nyawakira: Ministry of Health, Rwanda

Pharmacovigilance in practice
Professor Donald Singer, Yale School of Medicine,
Department of Internal Medicine, University of Rwanda CMHS
HRH Program for Rwanda

Regulation of medicines in South Africa

Professor Douglas Oliver, South Africa

Panel: Speakers and chairs

10.35 am Coffee, posters and stands

11.05 am Round Table: Pharmacovigilance

Systems and patterns of reporting in Rwanda
Anicet Nyawakira: Ministry of Health, Rwanda

Systems for reporting in Europe and North America
Professor Donald Singer

12.05pm Lunch, posters and stands

1.05 pm Round Table: Education in Clinical Pharmacology:

Strategy in Rwanda
Dr Pierre Claver Kayumba, UR-CHMS, Rwanda

Perspectives from South Africa
Dr Christiaan Brink, NW University, South Africa; Pharmacology for Africa

2.05 pm
High risk drugs and settings – 2

Managing risk from medicines for oncology
Dr Pacifique Mugenzi, RMH, Kigali

Regulating Traditional Medicines
Florence Mubano, Ministry of Health, Rwanda

Risks from traditional medicines
Fiona Padua, Pharmacist, KFH, Kigali

2.50 pm Tea, posters and stands

3.20 pm High risk drugs and settings – 3

Paediatrics
Dr Lisine Tuyisenge, Paediatrician, CHUK, Kigali

Using High Risk Drugs In Maternity
Washington Hill, Obstetrician, Duke University School of Medicine
HRH Program for Rwanda

Using High Risk Drugs in Renal Medicine
Dr Jules Kabahizi, King Faisal Hospital and Rwanda Military Hospital, Kigali

4.05 pm Round Table: High risk drugs and diseases

Discussants: Dr Jules Kabahizi, KFH and RMH; Dr Washington Hill, HRH; Dr Ribakare Muhayimpundu, Fiona Padua, KFH; Dr Rahel Ghebre, HRH; Dr Pacifique Mugenzi, RMH

4.25 pm
The importance of basic pharmacology principles for clinical pharmacology
Prof Christiaan Brink, South Africa; Pharmacology for Africa

4.55 pm Outcomes and legacy of the Symposium
Dr Pierre Claver Kayumba and Professor Donald Singer

5.00 pm Close of symposium
Professor Phil Cotton, Principal
University of Rwanda College of Medicine and Health Sciences

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Thursday 6th November

Videoconference
School of Public Health, Kigali

10 am
WHO and pharmacovigilance
Professor Rita Benabdalleh, WHO Centre, Rabat, Morocco

11 am
Prescribing Skills and their Assessment
Professor Simon Maxwell, Edinburgh, UK

12 md               Close

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Symposium Steering Group and Advisory Board

International Symposium on Medicines and Patient Safety
5 November, 2014: Kigali, Rwanda

Symposium Steering Group
Dr Emile Bienvenu, Pharmacologist and Senior Lecturer, University of Rwanda College of Medicine and Health Sciences;
Dr Pierre Claver Kayumba, Vice-Dean, Pharmacist and Senior Lecturer, University of Rwanda College of Medicine and Health Sciences;
Dr Emmanuel Musabeyezu, Physician and Head of Medicine, King Faisal Hospital, Physician, Kigali;
Professor Douglas Oliver, President, Pharmacology for Africa and Pharmacologist, School of Pharmacy, NW University, South Africa;
Fiona Padua, Pharmacist, King Faisal Hospital, Kigali;
Professor Donald Singer, Clinical Pharmacologist, Yale School of Medicine and HRH Programme for Rwanda.

National and International Advisory Board
Rita Benabdallah, Director, WHO Regional Pharmacovigilance Centre, Rabat, Morocco
Professor Chistiaan Brink, President, South African Society of Basic and Clinical Pharmacology and Pharmacologist, School of Pharmacy, NW University, South Africa;
Dr Gene Bukhman, Cardiologist, Program in Global Non-Communicable Diseases and Social Change, Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA;
Professor Phil Cotton, Principal, University of Rwanda College of Medicine and Health Sciences, Kigali;
Gasherebuka J. Damascene, Chair, Rwanda Health Allied Professions Council;
Dr Vincent Dusabejambo, Physician, CHUK, Secretary of the Rwanda College of Physicians and Senior Lecturer, University of Rwanda College of Medicine and Health Sciences, Kigali;
Dr Ibra Muhumuza, Head of Dentistry, University of Rwanda College of Medicine and Health Sciences;
Dr Pacifique Mugenzi, Consultant Oncologist and Director of Research, Rwanda Military Hospital, Kigali;
Dr. Evariste Ntaganda, Non-Communicable Diseases Division, Rwanda Biomedical Centre;
Anicet Nyawakira, Pharmacist, Pharmacovigilance and Medicine Information Unit, Ministry of Health, Rwanda and Executive Secretary, Rwanda Pharmacy Council;
John Nyiligira, Pharmacist, CHUK and University of Rwanda College of Medicine and Health Sciences;
Josbert Nyirimigabo, Pharmacist, HIV division, Rwanda Biomedical Centre;
Dr Onyema Ogbuagu, Infectious Diseases, Yale School of Medicine, USA;
Pacifique Remy, Head of Pharmacy, Partners in Health, Rwanda
Leo Ruvugabigwi, Head Pharmacist, Rwanda Military Hospital, Kigali;
Professor Emile Rwamasirabo, President, Rwanda Medical Council and CEO, King Faisal Hospital;
Professor Musime Stephenson, Paediatrician, King Faisal Hospital, Kigali;
Dr Lisine Tuyisenge, Physician and President, Rwanda Paediatrics Association;
Dr Tim Walker, Gastro-enterologist, CHUB, Butare and Head of Internal Medicine, University of Rwanda College of Medicine and Health Sciences;
Agnes Uwayezu, President, Rwanda Nursing Council

International Symposium on Medicines and Patient Safety: Rwanda – 5th November, 2014

Education on how to ensure safe and effective use of medicines is vitally important for patients and health services.

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The International Symposium on Medicines and Patient Safety was organised in Logo-PharfApartnership with Pharmacology for Africa. The symposium took place on Wednesday 5th November 2014 at the Hotel Umubano in Kigali, the capital city of Rwanda under the auspices of the College of Medicine and Health Sciences of the University of Rwanda. Steering Group and a National and International Advisory Board The 3 major themes of the symposium were:

  • Educating health professionals  in safe and effective use of medicines
  • Regulating drugs, including pharmacovigilance and quality of medicines
  • Reducing harm from high risk medicines and in patients with high risk conditions

Key topics discussed by speakers and poster presenters included

  • education in pharmacology and clinical pharmacology
  • developing good prescribing skills
  • developing rational treatment guidelines
  • drug regulation including quality of medicines
  • Drugs and Therapeutics Committees
  • medicines for non-communicable diseases
  • pharmacovigilance
  • safe systems for using medicines for high risk therapeutic areas, including retroviral disease, maternal and paediatric health, cardiovascular disease and stroke, cancer, and renal disease
  • traditional medicines

The Symposium attracted interest from health professionals and policy makers interested in the safe and effective use of medicines. These included doctors, pharmacists, nurses and managers working in referral, district and community hospitals, community pharmacists, experts interested in the safe regulation and supply of medicines, health professionals interested in pharmacovigilance, and educators interested in postgraduate and undergraduate training of health professionals in clinical pharmacology, therapeutics and safe dispensing. The symposium also attracted from interest to professionals working in NGOs and patient safety organisations concerned with public health and with disease prevention and treatment. UR-CMHS