Training of pharmacists in Zambia: Developments, curriculum structure and future perspectives


  • Aubrey Chichonyi Kalungia University of Zambia, Lusaka
  • Lungwani Tyson Muungo University of Zambia, Lusaka
  • Sarah Marshall University of Sussex, Falmer, Brighton
  • Bugewa Apampa University of Sussex, Falmer, Brighton
  • Claire May University of Brighton, Brighton
  • Derick Munkombwe University of Zambia, Lusaka


Pharmaceutical Education, Pharmacist Training, Curriculum, Zambia


In Zambia, local training of pharmacists commenced in 2001. Development of pharmaceutical education in Zambia has been largely influenced by the national need for pharmacists in the healthcare sector. Training institutions offer the Bachelor of Pharmacy (B.Pharm.) degree programme which follows a four-year curriculum structure. The B.Pharm. programme aims to produce pharmacists with requisite competences to practise pharmaceutical care and sustain the development of pharmacy in Zambia. Seventeen years down the line, Zambia continues to advance local pharmaceutical education programmes. Over 700 pharmacists have graduated from the national training programmes in Zambia which continue to address the pharmaceutical workforce needs. Pharmaceutical education in Zambia offers a number of career prospects in hospital, community, pharmaceutical manufacturing, medicine regulation, public health administration, and progression to academia. Positive transitions made to advance pharmacists’ training in Zambia give a positive outlook for the future.

Author Biographies

Aubrey Chichonyi Kalungia, University of Zambia, Lusaka

Department of Pharmacy

Lungwani Tyson Muungo, University of Zambia, Lusaka

Department of Pharmacy

Sarah Marshall, University of Sussex, Falmer, Brighton

Brighton & Sussex Medical Schools

Bugewa Apampa, University of Sussex, Falmer, Brighton

School of Pharmacy

Claire May, University of Brighton, Brighton

School of Pharmacy and Biomolecular Sciences

Derick Munkombwe, University of Zambia, Lusaka

Department of Pharmacy


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