St. Louis American (09.10.2013)
Aids Weekly Plus
Missouri’s St. Louis College of Pharmacy (STLCOP) has begun to develop two pharmacy technician training programs designed to help South African healthcare personnel and healthcare systems overwhelmed with HIV/AIDS patient treatment. STLCOP is collaborating with the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, to design the training programs. CDC and the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief provided funding for the project through an American International Health Alliance (AIHA) competitive grant.
During the AIHA grant period, Ken Schafermeyer, PhD, STLCOP director of international programs, and two colleagues will make four onsite visits to South Africa. NMMU colleagues currently are in St. Louis to meet with STLCOP faculty and students, visit retail and hospital pharmacies, and discuss distance-learning technology. STLCOP work on the AIHA grant would include developing instructional materials and designing training and mentoring programs for new instructors, according to Schafermeyer. The project ultimately aims to create training programs that other African nations could replicate.