11-27-2018

The Pierre Fabre Foundation lays the first stone of Madagascar’s School of Pharmacy

On November 22, 2018 the Pierre Fabre Foundation, the Mérieux Foundation and the University of Madagascar launched the construction of Madagascar's first School of Pharmacy. The event was attended by Dr. Harinirina Yoël Honora Rantomalala, Minister of Public Health; Marie-Monique Rasoazananera, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research; Dr. Panja Ramanoelina, President of the University of Antananarivo; Dr. Luc Samison, Director of the Charles Mérieux Center of Infectiology of Madagascar and Dean of the Faculty of Medicine of Antananarivo; Dr. Guy Raoelison, Head of the Pharmacy Department; Luciana Rakotoarisoa, Madagascar Country Manager for the Mérieux Foundation; and various members of University of Madagascar authorities and Pierre-Yves Revol, President of the Pierre Fabre Foundation.

 A school to boost pharmacist numbers

Since 2012, about 20 new pharmacists have graduated each year from the Pharmacy Department at the University of Medicine. Yet 210 to 220 new graduates will be required over the next few years to meet the country’s needs. In order to achieve this target, the Pierre Fabre Foundation wants to elevate the Department to an independent "School of Pharmacy" within the University of Antananarivo, in order to sustainably consolidate training to address pharmacist needs, first and foremost for the public sector. This commitment by the Foundation was formalized with the Malagasy authorities on June 14, 2018 during an on-site project.

Located on the University campus, the future School of Pharmacy will have a surface area of about 700 sq. m, including 5 classrooms and 3 fully equipped practical laboratories, as well as offices for teachers and equipment storage rooms. Completed in time for the start of the 2021 academic year, the School will be able to accommodate 40 to 50 students every year for a 6-year curriculum.

The Pierre Fabre Foundation, providing support since 2005.

With only 250 pharmacies for almost 17 million inhabitants, Madagascar has been faced with an alarming pharmaceutical shortfall since the early 2000s. This is a situation linked to the lack of dedicated training since the country’s independence in 1960, and which is significantly hindering access to prescription drugs as well as their correct usage. The authorities were concerned, and in 2005 decided to create a Pharmacy Department within the University of Antananarivo’s faculty of medicine. Within the University of Antananarivo, the pharmacy department has been supported by the Pierre Fabre Foundation and the Mérieux Foundation since its creation in 2005. With the support of the University of Grenoble, they help with developing a six-year syllabus. This course prepares students for dispensing and hospital pharmacy. Every year, an average of 225 students attend.

The Pierre Fabre Foundation will continue to provide its support until at least 2022. In particular, it is working on developing a "quality-assessment" culture and strengthening the "public sector" option.