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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.



  1. Standards for local manufacturing has been completed.
  2. Managing Directors of Local Manufacturing Houses had been trained in the concept of GMP under the auspices of FDB.
  3. A national inspection plan for pharmacies have been developed.
  4. FDB had undertaken survey of quality of simple mixtures (antacids, purgatives) 350 samples from each of 6 regions; Results would inform the development of standards for local manufacturers


  1. Pharmacy Council and Food and Drugs Board has been supported to develop strategic plans to ensure that in the long term they focus on promoting quality assurance and safeguarding the health of consumers.
  2. FDB has developed, and published a drug register.
  3. FDB and Pharmacy Council have developed Standardised Checklists for monitoring facilities.
  4. Standards are being developed for assessing the safety of herbal products.
  5. FDB has compiled a register of food and drug importers.
  6. FDB has introduced a computerised drug registration system called SIAMED (3000 drugs registered)


  1. A pricing study has been done to inform interventions for pricing policy for Ghana.
  2. Sustainable availability and affordability of medicines


  1. KNUST has established a Department of Clinical and Social Pharmacy with support of MOH/GNDP. (Collaboration formalised with a memorandum of understanding between MOH and KNUST).The first batch and second batches of students for M.SC Clinical pharmacy had began the programme.
  2. Reviewed the pharmacy curriculum at KNUST to reflect current trends in service delivery.
  3. Standards of Pharmaceutical care for adoption and development of Standard Operating procedures.
  4. Pharmacy Council has trained over 1000 pharmacists using the continuous professional development plan prepared with support from GNDP. Pharmacy Council has from 1999 to date trained about 8,000 chemical sellers across the country on proper handling of drugs.
  5. Development of accreditation guidelines by the Pharmacy Council for the training of pharmacists completed.
  6. Survey of public perceptions among media, doctors, Pharmacists students, chemical sellers, etc, as basis for improving the regulation of pharmacy practice has been undertaken


  1. Emphasis on RDU as part of MOH objective of ensuring quality of care.
  2. Over 3000 doctors, pharmacists and nurses have been trained in the concept of promoting rational drug use to ensure therapeutically sound and cost effective use of drugs by health professionals.
  3. Average number of drugs per prescription nationwide has dropped from 4.6 to 3.7, as well as Antibiotic from 56.3% to 45.2% and injection use from and 42% to 33%.
  4. KABP (knowledge, attitude, beliefs and practices) survey on drug use in the entire country has been undertaken to provide baseline information for developing a national strategy on IE&C. The report was submitted in August 2001.
  5. A national Drug Information Resource Centre has been set up at the Pharmacy Council to provide scientific, unbiased information to health service providers and the general public.
  6. National Trainer of trainers of Drug and Therapeutic Committees conducted that establishes DTC in the two teaching hospitals and regional hospitals.
  7. Rational use of drugs information leaflets and posters have been developed, pre-tested printed and distributed to health institutions across the country by the Health Promotion Unit of the Ghana Health Service.
  8. A pilot software developed to improve labelling standards in Ghana at Korle Bu Teaching Hospital.
  9. Contribution of Clinical Pharmacists to pharmaceutical care planning on the ward has commenced in the teaching hospitals and regional hospitals.
  10. Launching of drug policy in the Regions and Teaching Hospitals.
  11. Continuing training in the concept of rational use of medicines of health professionals and monitoring of Indicators.
  12. Strategic IE&C document developed and implementation underway.
  13. Drug Information zonal offices established at Tamale , KBTH and KATH.
  14. Ministry of Health collaboration with KNUST with formalized memorandum of understanding to train clinical pharmacists to improve drug use in hospitals and teaching hospitals which has been approved by Board of Tertiary Education




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