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CARTA Fellow appointed in Malawi’s Pharmacy Board of Directors

CARTA Cohort Five Fellow Felix Khuluza from the University of Malawi has been appointed, by the State President of Malawi Prof Arthur Peter Mutharika, to the National Board of Directors of Pharmacy Medicines and Poisons Board (PMPB).

His appointment as a member of PMPB, announced on July 13, 2018, means Khuluza and the other 10 members of the policy-making institution will be involved in the registration of all pharmaceutical personnel, they will assist in the promotion and improvement of the health of the population of Malawi mainly by controlling the registration and retention of medicines and allied substances. They will also be charged with the discipline and control over the professional conduct of all persons registered and practicing in Malawi.

Khuluza has etched his name in global pharmacovigilance circles as his work, published in two papers, on the quality of medicine available in his home country, Malawi, was included in a new World Health Organisation (WHO) global report on substandard and falsified medicines.

The CARTA fellow, who is also a lecturer at the University of Malawi, in 2017 was involved in writing grant proposal for the study of quality of oxytocics in Malawi where a grant of €95,000 was awarded from GIZ for the project. In the same year, the Pharmacy Department at the University of Malawi got a consultancy to implement the introduction of Pharmacy Assistants training in new colleges in the country. Khuluza was involved in the consultancy, worth half a million dollars, from the conceptualization phase to implementation phase as a Deputy Team Leader.

His doctoral study on substandard drugs in Malawi was funded through the CARTA PhD fellowship and was supervised by Prof. Lutz Heide (University of Malawi) and Prof. Ulrike Holzgrabe (University of Würzburg, Germany).

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