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Sierra Leone News : Pharmacists Trained on Leadership Development Programme
By Kadrie Koroma (PRO MOHS)
May 22, 2017, 12:00

As part of its technical assistance in strengthening the Directorate of Drugs and Medical Supplies to achieve its objectives, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)/Systems for Improved Access for Pharmaceutical and Services (SIAPS) has concluded a three-day workshop on Leadership Development Programme (LDP) for Pharmacists on Thursday May 18, 2017 at the Golden Tulip Hotel, Aberdeen in Freetown.


The programme which attracted 24 Pharmacistsacross the country offers knowledge and skills in improving leadership and management for central and district staff working in pharmaceutical sector.


A group photo of participants and facilitators


The Director of Drugs and Medical Supplies, Mr. BassieTuray said the Ministry of Health through his Directorate is responsible for sustaining the various ongoing efforts to strengthen supply chain management system and an enhanced approach to ensure improved access to medicines, pharmaceutical management and rational drug use.


He said the training was a participatory and interactive session in which participants were able to acquire new skills and commended the organizers for their inspiration and focus during the three days.


Mr. Turay maintained that he is confidence that the knowledge gained by participants during the training of trainers workshop will be cascaded to others working as support staff so that they can improve the quality of services in their various health facilities.


The Project Director, United States Agency for International Development (USAID)/Systems for Improved Access for Pharmaceutical and Services (SIAPS) - Management Services on Health (MHS), Mr. Murtada Sesay, reiterated the importance of the workshop and commended participants for their steadfastness in achieving their desired goals.


He informed participants that the training will help them learn the art and science of leading, managing and governing practices that makes it possible to identify challenges.


Mr. Sesay stated that the workshop is to formulate relevant solutions and achieve measurable results, adding of pharmaceuticals will be used as case studies to learn a that selected challenges related to supply chain management and apply the principles.


USAID Global Health Security Advisor, Dorothy Peprah described the training an important milestone and an engine for drive by Pharmacists to improve on the health of the people of Sierra Leone.


She told the gathering that as a result of the training, participants are much more equipped now to face the challenges in their various health facilities and assured of USAIDís support to the Directorate of Drugs and Medical Supplies at all time.


The Leadership Development Programme was first developed by Management Sciences for Health (MSH) in 2002, and since MSH first introduced the LDP, participating organization in more than 40 countries has used this proven process to transform how teams improve health services.


Distribution of certificates and a book on pharmaceuticals formed high point of the ceremony.

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