EDITORIAL: COVID-19 is a trigger for transformation in pharmacy education for West Africa

Authors

  • Mahama Duwiejua University of Ghana, Accra, Ghana

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.46542/pe.2020.202.6163

Keywords:

COVID-19, West Africa

Abstract

The novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has irreversible disrupted key services including education. Terms like the ‘new normal’ reflect the lost hope of returning to pre-COVID times. This editorial describes the challenges and responses of educators and governments in West Africa to COVID-19. To avert further harm posed to pharmacy education and practice, the publication advocates for innovation. Pharmacy leaders in West Africa are challenged to look at the other side of the coin, avoid inefficient panic-driven solutions and seek opportunities for change in the challenges. The paper provides a direction for change and specifically identifies collaboration with partners within the region and beyond including quality continuous professional development programmes for leadership development, re-training of educators and practitioner development.

Author Biography

Mahama Duwiejua, University of Ghana, Accra, Ghana

School of Pharmacy, College of Health Sciences

References

FIP [International Pharmaceutical Federation]. (2012). Centennial declaration: Improving global health by closing gaps in the development, distribution and responsible use. Available at: https://www.fip.org/files/fip/news/CentennialDeclaration20-final version.pdf

FIP [International Pharmaceutical Federation]. (2016). Global Vision for Education and workforce. 2016 Presented at the global conference on pharmacy and pharmaceutical sciences education, Nanjing, China. Available at: https://www.fip.org/files/content/pharmacy-education/fip-education/global-vision-for-education.pdf

Published

16/01/2021

Issue

Section

COVID-19 Editorial