USIU-Africa School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences takes part in the 43rd Annual Pharmaceutical Society of Kenya Conference

By Lincoln Munyendo

May 22- 27, 2023 marked a week-long extensive knowledge sharing amongst the members of the Pharmacy Professionals Society during the 43rd Annual Scientific Pharmaceutical Society of Kenya Conference. The theme of the conference was ‘Positioning Pharmacists in a Dynamic Healthcare Environment’.

The conference was attended by various stakeholders across the pharmaceutical profession, ranging from hospitals to industry players and the regulator, the Pharmacy & Poisons Board.

Representatives from the School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, made up of faculty, students and alumni presented several groundbreaking papers, including:

  • New Anti-HIV compounds from Kenyan Croton Species – abstract oral presentation by Dr. Ermias Terefe from the Department of Pharmacology & Pharmacognosy;
  • Biomimetic tannic acid hybrid nanoparticles for targeted ciprofloxacin delivery against bacterial-induced sepsis – abstract oral presentation by Dr. Calvin Omolo from the Department of Pharmaceutics & Pharmacy Practice;
  • Cutting edge Academia-Industry partnerships for delivery of excellence in pharmaceutical manufacturing and sustained supply chain – an exhibition of the CEPIA programs by Dr. Lincoln Munyendo from the Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry;
  • Emerging Trends in Pharmaceutical Care –a panel discussion featuring Prof. Francis Ndemo and Dr. Larry Kimani from the Department of Pharmaceutics & Pharmacy Practice.

The keynote address at the conference was delivered by Dr. Anastasia Nyalita (CEC Health, Nairobi County) and Dr. Sultan Matendechero (Deputy Director General at Ministry of Health, Kenya) who emphasized to the Pharmacists to be proactive and position themselves as key in the improvements in the healthcare system in Kenya.

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