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As at 2014/2015

Strengthening policy framework for Evidence based selection and Rational Use of Medicines

  1. Review of Standard Treatment Guidelines and Essential Medicines List (from 6th Edition to 7th Edition)
  2. Strengthening Adherence to Guideline Development: Training in the use of the Guidelines
  3. Institutionalising prescription audits in support of rational prescribing

Expanding on existing Policy frameworks to meet the challenges of a developing country

  1. Drug Policy Review and Development of Implementation Plan for Revised Policy
  2. Evidence Profiles Development; non-communicable diseases
  3. Towards a comprehensive policy in Antimicrobial resistance
  4. Review Standards of Pharmaceutical Care 


As at 2013

Child Medicines

  1. Implementation of recommendations of Better Medicines for Children 
  2. Scaling up Zinc uptake in health facilities

Herbal medicines-Traditional medicines

  1. A strategic plan for developing traditional medicine has been developed.
  2. Training manual for traditional practitioners developed and being pre-tested.
  3. Traditional practitioners brought under one umbrella organisation (GHAFTRAM).
  4. Completed a large national census of traditional medical practitioners in the country.
  5. Research Manual for undertaking clinical trials on traditional herbal products near completion.
  6. Development of ethics for traditional medicine completed printed and launched


Drug management

  1. A functional Procurement Unit has been set up in the Ministry of Health.
  2. About 1000 staff have been trained in procurement procedures and over 2000 sensitised to the new system. Attitudes to procurement are changing slowly.
  3. International competitive biddings has improved the value for money buying by the Ministry. Yearly successful independent international procurement audits is gradually improving procurement efficiency. CMS appears to be procuring properly but no indicators to ensure Procurement Procedure Manual (PPM) outcomes.
  4. Quantification issues not resolved; quantity planning needs attention.


Read more: Programme actions as at 2000/2012


Ghana National Drugs Programme, Ministry of Health

P. O. Box MB 582


Tel: +233302661670/1

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