CEO Holmes with members of the CIDRZ Pharmaceutical Services Department
CIDRZ Facilitates 2nd Annual Pharmacy Research Conference in Lusaka
The CIDRZ Pharmaceutical Services Department, the Ministry of Health and the World Health Organization joined together to hold a conference for private and government Lusaka-based pharmacists under the theme “Strengthening the Role of Pharmacy in Improving Quality Health Services Through Research.” The event is emphasizing the important role that Pharmacists play in health services delivery and the need for pharmacists to engage in and contribute to high-quality research. Many research abstracts will be presented at the 2-day event.
“I am proud to learn that pharmacists are embracing the challenge of research right here in Zambia,” Honourable Minister of Health Dr Joseph Kasonde said about the conference.
Dr Kasonde encouraged more pharmacists to rise to the challenge of creating breakthroughs and discovering new evidence that would positively impact on healthcare practice and improve patient outcomes.
He encouraged pharmacists to play an active role in aligning their practices with the vision of the Ministry, Millennium Development Goals and towards improving quality, accessibility and affordability of health care.
CIDRZ CEO Dr Charles Holmes delivered opening remarks at the event and said that “Pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians are a respected and trusted healthcare cadre, and can do much to contribute to improved healthcare practice in Zambia through engaging in research related to their field of expertise.
There are still many unanswered questions in healthcare service and delivery – particularly relating to pharmaceutical research – that have not yet been explored. Pharmacists conducting high-quality, ethical research that conforms to international research conduct requirements, and importantly the protections of human subject standards, will provide evidence-based answers that can inform decisions about how to improve health care systems and practice and ultimately save Zambian lives. The role of the Pharmacy profession is very important in this endeavour and it is very gratifying to know that our CIDRZ Pharmacists are helping to drive this Pharmacy research agenda by collaborating with the Ministry of Health in holding this important and unique conference.