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Procurement, Management and Safety: The Role of the Pharmacist in Global Health
Procurement, supply chain management and safe use of pharmaceuticals, devices, diagnostics, and vector control tools are critical elements of effective health care delivery. At this panel, three MMSc-GHD alumni with backgrounds in pharmacy will discuss their perspectives on procurement and supply chain management. Remy Pacifique Ntirenganya, B.Sc.(Hons.) Pharm., MMSc ‘22, is an experienced pharmacist, program manager, and global health procurement and supply chain management professional with a decade of experience in global health delivery including at Partners In Health (PIH) in Liberia as a Pharmacy Lead and PIH in Rwanda as a pharmaceutical supply chain analyst and pharmacy program manager. Sheriff Bangura, BPharm, MMSc ‘19, is a registered pharmacist in Sierra Leone and the United States of America with more than ten years of combined professional experience in pharmacy, supply chain, public health, and health system strengthening in low-resource settings who currently works for Chemonics as a Technical Advisor for HIV/AIDS on a $9.5 billion USAID Global Health Supply Chain Procurement and Supply Management Program. Comfort Ogar, BPharm, MPH, MMSc ‘22, is a pharmacist and a global safety consultant with the WHO. She has over 18 years of work experience in pharmacovigilance and is one of the pioneers of active pharmacovigilance in Africa who was instrumental in establishing Nigeria’s national pharmacovigilance system through her work as a regulator at Nigeria’s National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC). These alumni will give examples of their approaches to the challenges of procurement and safety surveillance, and participate in a moderated discussion with MMSc-GHD Program Director Joia Mukherjee, MD, MPH.

Oct 7, 2022 08:00 AM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Sheriff Bangura, MMSc ‘19
Technical Advisor @Chemonics International
Sheriff Bangura is a pharmacist with professional experience in pharmacy, supply chain, public health, and health system strengthening in low-resource settings. Sheriff currently works for Chemonics International as a Technical Advisor on a $ 9.5 billion USAID Global Health Supply Chain Procurement and Supply Management Program, where he works on strengthening supply chain systems at global and national levels so that people living with HIV/AIDS around the world can have uninterrupted access to life saving health commodities.
Remy Pacifique Ntirenganya, BSc, MMSc ‘22
Pharmacy Lead @Partners In Health
Pacifique is an experienced pharmacist, program manager, and global health procurement and supply chain professional with a decade of experience in global health delivery. Currently, he is working with Partners In Health (PIH) in Liberia as a Pharmacy Lead. Before moving to Liberia, he worked with PIH in Rwanda as a pharmaceutical supply chain analyst and pharmacy program manager, respectively. Pacifique is a Global Health Corps alumnus, a member of the Network of European and African Researchers on Antimicrobial Resistance, and currently serves on the Liberia National Antimicrobial Resistance Sentinel Surveillance Steering Committee. Pacifique’s research interests focus on health technology assessment. He is interested in the intersection of pharmaceutical economics, policy, and regulations in healthcare delivery. Pacifique obtained his Bachelor of Pharmacy from the University of Rwanda and a master of medical sciences in global health delivery at Harvard Medical School.
Comfort Ogar, BPharm, MPH, MMSc ‘22
Global Safety Expert @World Health Organization
Comfort Ogar was until recently a Principal Technical Advisor and pharmacovigilance lead for the USAID funded Medicines, Technologies and Pharmaceutical Services (MTaPS) program led by Management Sciences for Health, where she supported low- and middle-income countries in Africa and Asia to establish or strengthen their regulatory systems with particular focus on pharmacovigilance systems. A pioneer of active pharmacovigilance in Africa, she worked as a regulator for about 18 years at Nigeria’s National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, where she was instrumental in establishing the country's national pharmacovigilance system. She works as a subject matter expert for the Task Force for Global Health’s Brighton Collaboration to support the establishment of active safety surveillance for COVID-19 vaccines in LMICs. She is also a global safety expert/consultant for the World Health Organization supporting the introduction of the novel oral polio type 2 vaccine (nOPV2).
Joia Mukherjee, MD, MPH
Program Director @HMS Master of Medical Sciences in Global Health Delivery Program
Dr. Mukherjee is an associate professor of medicine in the Division of Global Health Equity, Department of Medicine, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and associate professor of global health and social medicine at Harvard Medical School. In the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine, she directs the Master of Medical Sciences in Global Health Delivery program and the Program in Global Medical Education and Social Change. She teaches infectious disease, global health delivery, and human rights worldwide to health professionals and students. Dr. Mukherjee has helped create new residency and fellowship training programs for Rwandan and Haitian physicians, global health residencies, and fellowships for US trainees at Harvard and other American universities.