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Monday, 21 July 2014

Pharmacology for Africa

The latest World Congress of Basic and Clinical Pharmacology - held in July 2014 in Cape Town - has just ended. Delegates from around the world discussed the latest ideas on research and education about new and established medicines and their effective and safe use.

One of the key threads during the week long meeting was a series of lecture and discussion events hosted by  'Pharmacology for Africa' (PharfA), an initiative by African pharmacologists to promote and
organise pharmacology on the African continent. The keynote 2014 PharfA WCP lecture was given by Professor Alexander Dodoo from Ghana.

This important initiative is recognised and supported by the International Union of Basic and Clinical Pharmacology (IUPHAR), the umbrella organisation for these 4-yearly congresses on basic and clinical pharmacology.
PharfA aims to secure national and international support to improve capacity and expertise for education and training in Clinical Pharmacology and related disciplines in African medical schools and for post-graduate education in African countries. PharfA also aims to increase research activity and integration across Africa in partnership with African funding and governmental institutions, and with the WHO and other interested overseas organisations.

For more information, see the PharfA website.

Recent and pending PharfAssociated events:
- 5th All Africa Congress on Basic and Clinical Pharmacology (ACP2012) Accra, Ghana -
11-13 July 2012, 

- sessions at WCP - Cape Town 2014
All Africa Congress on Basic and Clinical Pharmacology, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia - 2016