Through collaboration between IMI, WEB-RADR and the World Health Organisation (WHO), the WEB-RADR mobile application has been launched in Burkina Faso and Zambia for the reporting of suspected adverse drug reactions (ADRs).
The WEB-RADR team worked together with ZAMRA (Zambia Medicines Regulatory Autority) and the Burkina Faso medicines agency DGPML (Direction Générale de la Pharmacie, du médicament et des laboratoires) to adapt and tailor the app for country specific needs; branding, language.
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Burkina Faso: The launch event in Burkina Faso took place on 15 June 2017.
The official ceremony took place in the presence of representatives from the Ministry of Health as well as technical and financial partners. The Minister of Health Professor Nicolas Méda stated that “This appplication is welcome in our healthcare system” and that he was “committed to providing all necessary support for a better use of this application and to monitor its impact on the proper use of health products in Burkina Faso”. Dr Shanthi Pal from WHO presented an overview of the WEB-RADR project. Collaboration with the WEB-RADR team was lead by Dr Arsène Ouédraogo.
Images from the launch of the mobile application in Burkina Faso
Zambia: The Zambian launch event took place on 29 June 2017.
The event was opened by the Director Clinical Care Services – Ministry of Health, Dr Mzaza Nthele who encouraged use of the app for reporting of suspected ADRs. Dr Noha Iessa from WHO presented an overview of the WEB-RADR project and WHO Programme of International Drug Monitoring and reporting in Zambia.
The Zambian Director General Mrs Bernice Mwale gave a presentation on pharmacovigilance in Zambia, and Dr Lavina Prashar, a local University lecturer, presented findings from a pharmacovigilance study conducted in hospitals.
The event was well attended by healthcare providers from the public and private sector. A demonstration on how to use the app was given and attendees were provided with folders and materials on the app.
The launch ceremony was broadcast on National Television, on the ZAMRA website, and in the local newspaper. Collaboration with the WEB-RADR team was lead by Mwewa Mondwa-Siame.
Click here to see the Zambian video advertising the app: ‘Developed to report and track adverse drug reactions‘.
Images from the launch of the mobile application in Zambia