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Short report: Piloting a new pharmacy internship support programme in Namibia

Timothy Rennie, Nardia Coetzee, Christian J Hunter, Lauren Jonkman, Frances Kalemeera, Dan Kibuule, Jennie Lates, Mwangana Mubita, Vulika Nangombe, Helen Rowlandson, Nicola Rudall

Abstract

Namibia is a large, sparsely populated country in southern Africa that experiences significant health challenges typical of the region, in particular, HIV, tuberculosis (TB) and maternal and neonatal health, but also a growing burden of non-communicable disease (MoHSS, 2013). It is also in the region of the world with the fewest numbers of pharmacists, such that in-country training has recently become a critical issue (FIP, 2009). 


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