Obituary Dr. P. Claver Kayumba

Some members of the QUAMED team have worked with Prof. Pierre Claver Kayumba in the past. Very recently we were discussing his initiative to develop a master’s degree on quality assurance. It would be the first one of its kind in the region. He has passed away unexpectedly. We fully support the content in the ...

Activities are picking up!

This year we had very few audit and assessment activities. The pandemic wreacked havoc with our schedules. Up to date only 2 MQAS audits. However, it seems as if matters are picking up. We are slowly getting back to a regular operating level. We are thinking of, preparing or planning, GDP technical visits, GDP audits ...

EC meeting on Covid-19 vaccines

The European Commission is organising a #covid meeting on vaccines: https://www.ema.europa.eu/en/events/public-stakeholder-meeting-development-authorisation-safe-effective-covid-19-vaccines-eu Their event summary: “EMA is organising this virtual meeting to explain the processes for the development, evaluation, approval and safety monitoring of COVID-19 vaccines in the EU, including EMA’s specific role, to all interested parties. It will also give the opportunity to the public and ...

Institute of Tropical Medicines: Pharmaceutical Policies course

In June 2021, the Institute of Tropical Medicine in Antwerp will host a new short course (3-weeks) on Pharmaceutical Policies in Health Systems. It targets students from high-, middle- and low-income countries working at different levels in the Ministry of Health, health programmes, regulatory agencies, NGOs, global health initiatives and other donor agencies, etc. Importantly, the ...

WHO and PPE

Remember the webinar on EPP and Covid-19 that we held some time ago? WHO published a useful document with technical specifications for PPE. The document provides guidance on quality, performance characteristics and related standards for PPE for use in COVID-19. It includes information on: surgical masks, non-surgical masks, gloves, goggles, face shields, gowns and N95 ...

Various experts sought: SCF and UNDP

Save the Children Fund SCF is looking for a permanent Global Pharmacy Advisor in any Save the Children Office location. “As a core member of the medical team, the Global Pharmacy Advisor will lead on the pharmacy services workstream and will contribute to achieving the team’s 2019-21 strategic objectives by working across the following areas ...

Webinar PPE Covid-19

We organised two webinars on the quality assurance of PPE used during the current Covid-19. One was given in English and one in French. Both versions were exclusively for our members. The English version was attended by 19 of our members. The French version was attended by 11 members. With thanks to the facilitator Ms. ...

New course on Pharmaceutical policies in health systems

The Institute of Tropical Medicine (ITM) in Belgium will organize in June 2021 its first short course in “Pharmaceutical policies in health systems”. The aim of this 3-week course is to enable participants to develop a general understanding of the individual components of pharmaceutical systems, and of the whole system they constitute together; and a practical understanding of those ...

UNHCR pharmacy position

Over the past few years we have had a great collaboration with UNHCR doing local market assessments and audits in a number of countries. We were just informed by them that they are looking for a new Pharmacy Management Officer to be based in Geneva, Switzerland. Please have a look and distribute in your network ...