Cardiff MPharm student explores Pharmacy practice in Zambia
21 November 2017
Earlier this year, a Cardiff School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences student organised a four-week Pharmacy placement in Zambia.
Now in the third year of her Master of Pharmacy degree, Amisha was able to explore how pharmacy is practiced and how drugs are manufactured and distributed overseas. She gained invaluable experience in the Vikay Pharmacy in Lusaka. She also spent time at a pharmaceutical warehouse and distribution site with Yash Pharmaceuticals and at the Baxy Pharamceuticals Manufacturing Company in Endola.
Amisha said ‘The placement gave me a real insight into every aspect of the pharmaceutical chain in Zambia – from the manufacture to the dispensing of medicines. It also gave me the chance to build my confidence and develop my time-management and communication skills.’
During her time in Zambia, Amisha also volunteered for charity projects in remote villages in Lusaka where poverty is rife, cases of malaria are high and HIV is prevalent. She helped to distribute free medication, such as antimalarial drugs and HIV treatments to help improve the lives of patients there.
It was an invaluable experience and one which will set Amisha in good stead for her future career.
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