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Drug information and risk communication in Africa


Title:  Drug information and risk communication in Africa
Investigator(s):   Derbew Fikadu Berhe
Supervisor:  Peter GM Mol
Promotores:  Flora M. Haaijer-Ruskamp, Katja Taxis
Summary:  In Sub Sahara Africa (SSA), with the recent introduction of pharmacovigilance systems, there is an increasing interest in systematically providing unbiased drug information with special attention to drug risks. Introduction of pharmacovigilance systems has been slow, faced with many challenges. Priority is given to communicable diseases, the major health challenge on the African continent. Still, the cardiometabolic burden is rapidly increasing, and by 2030 non-communicable diseases are expected to be the most common cause of death in Africa. Little is known whether cardiometabolic drugs carry a different risk in the African setting. Therefore, the aim of this project is 1) evaluate cardiovascular medication ADR (adverse drug reaction) reports from SSA to reports from other regions in the WHO-Uppsala Monitoring Centre database, 2) assess knowledge and attitudes regarding drug risks and benefits of African healthcare professionals, and 3) design interventional strategies to systematically inform healthcare professionals on drug risks and benefits on the African continent.
Financing:  Nuffic sandwich project between UMCG/Rug and Mekelle University, Ethiopia
Start:  5/2013
End:  4/2017 

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