Table 1

Notable outputs of Zimbabwe’s Good Governance for Medicines (GGM) programme

OutputsPurpose of outputsOutcomes of the outputs
1. Activation of the newly established Centre of Excellence for Pharmaceutical Innovation
  • To strengthen academic-public-private pharmaceutical sector collaboration.

  • To ensure equitable and sustainable access to good quality and effective medicines.

  • To provide medicines in a transparent and accountable manner.

  • To implement the dual strategy combining the efforts of Ministry’s existing Quality Assurance Programme (QAP) and the GGM programme.

  • Funding was secured from private pharmaceutical companies to support the GGM activities.

  • Setting up a PPC and serving as its secretariat.

  • Driving the GGM implementation strategy although with limited resources.

  • Establishing the UZ-IPSL to support pharmacovigilance activities.

  • Discussion on introducing unmanned aerial vehicle technology at NatPharm for delivery of poison antidotes, vaccines, HIV and COVID-19 test kits.

  • Developing a training programme for traditional health practitioners to improve the quality of complimentary medicines.

  • Participating in the QAP planning and coordination meetings.

  • 2. Incorporation of GGM into undergraduate and postgraduate pharmacy curricula

    • a. Motivation for the establishment of District Drug Information Centres

  •  To incorporate issues of good governance and ethical practice in the training of pharmacy personnel thereby ensuring a sustainable values-based programme.

  •  To provide practical training for undergraduate pharmacy students on how to set up drug information centres at district level.

  •  Promoting transparent and ethical behaviour during the training of pharmacy personnel.

  •  Promoting GGM among postgraduate masters students in applied pharmaceutical sciences programme which includes; pharmaceutical formulation, manufacturing and pharmaceutical regulatory affairs.

  •  Since 2017, Part III Pharmacy Drug Information course incorporated, ‘How to set up district drug information centres’, and practical sessions on, ‘Live Query’ answering.

3. Concept development and establishment of a Parliamentary Pharmaceutical Caucus (PPC)
  • To assemble a caucus of health professionals whose terms of reference include;

    • Campaign for transparency in the medicines supply chain, GGM at different levels of healthcare.

    • Advocate for equal access to essential medicines as part of health service provision.

    • Ensure and promote a culture of regulatory compliance within the pharmaceutical sector.

  • Parliamentary Pharmaceutical sector Assessment presented and debated the House of Assembly and published in HANSARD.

  • Unfreezing of district level pharmacist posts in the Ministry of Health by 2019.

  • Official launch of the PPC in 2021.

  • Formation of the Natural Therapist Council of Zimbabwe with representation from and participation of the GGM secretariat.

  • NatPharm, National Pharmaceutical Company; UZ-IPSL, University of Zimbabwe International Pharmacology Specialty Laboratory.