Home grown pharmacist assistants
Some 36 young Namibians received their certificates as pharmacist assistants in a graduation ceremony of the National Health Training Centre (NHTC) in the capital a fortnight ago. Their training was supported by the U.S. government through the programme, “Systems for Improved Access to Pharmaceutical and Services” (SIAPS) by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Since 2007, the programme has funded the training of more than 150 pharmacist assistants to improve service delivery in the health sector, especially the dispensing of anti-retroviral medication to HIV patients. In the picture: USAID Country Representative, Brian Fink (4th from right), together with the pharmacist assistant graduates and NHTC/Health Ministry representatives.