Launch events

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 application 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

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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.

Images from the launch of the mobile application in Zambia

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Armenia

The launch in Armenia took place on 7 May 2019. Please click here for the agenda of the launch event.

The event was attended by approximately 100 people including the Health Minister and Deputy Minister of Health, journalists, healthcare professionals and patient organisations. Press coverage of the app launch was extremely positive and included a three-minute segment broadcast on the main Armenian TV channel. This featured an interview with the Health Minister in which he explained the importance of reporting suspected side effects and demonstrated, using his own mobile phone, how easy it is to download and use the app.

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Images from the launch of the mobile application in Armenia

Infographics about adverse drug reaction reporting and patient safety were disseminated at the event. Please see these here – Side effects (English)Side effects (Armenian), Medicines safety (English)Medicine safety (Armenian).

 

Ghana

The launch in Ghana took place 25 June 2019. Please click here for the agenda of the launch event.

Launching the App, the Minister of Health Honorable Kwaku Agyeman-Manu who was represented by Director, Technical Coordination at the Ministry of Health, Mrs. Martha Ghansah Lutterodt said “It is the right time for FDA to launch the Mobile App for reporting side effects of medicines by healthcare professionals and the general public to further promote its mandate of ensuring safe use of medicines. The introduction of the Med Safety Mobile App will help the FDA to identify medicine safety issues faster since this will make it easier for healthcare professionals and the general public to report problems with their medicines to the FDA at no extra cost once the app is downloaded”

The Chief Executive Officer of the Food and Drugs Authority (FDA), Mrs. Delese A. A. Darko, gave a warm welcome and was optimistic that the App will improve ADR reporting rates and improve patient safety in Ghana. 

In her appreciation, Mrs. Darko expressed, “I take this opportunity to thank all those who have been involved in allowing this to happen – the Access and Delivery Partnership (ADP) funded by the Government of Japan, the WEB-RADR (Recognising Adverse Drug Reactions) Project and technical support and guidance from the UK’s Medicines and Healthcare Products Agency (MHRA).”

Continuous engagement and awareness on the benefits of the App is seen as the key success factor and currently the FDA is developing strategies, including short videos, to educate patients and healthcare professionals to download and use the App. 

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The Chief Executive of the FDA, Mrs. Delese A. A. Darko delivering the welcome address at the Med Safety app launch in Ghana, 25th June 2019.

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Ethiopia

The launch in Ethiopia took place on 23 September 2019. Please click here for the agenda of the launch event.

The event was opened by Dr. Amir Aman Health Minister and Ms. Heran Gerba Director General of the EFDA. Dr. Ayako Fukoshima from the WHO then explained how App worked and about the importance of e-reporting. The event was well attended by healthcare providers. A demonstration on how to use the app was given and the EFDA emphasised the importance of e-reporting amongst healthcare professionals.

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Botswana

The launch took place in Gaborone, Botswana on 14 November 2019. Please click here for the agenda of the launch event

The ceremony was attended by approximately 200 participants from the Ministry of Health and wellness (MoH), Botswana Medicines Regulatory Authority (BoMRA), healthcare professionals, disease programmes, academia and media.

The event was opened by Hon. Dr Kwape (MoH) along with speeches from BoMRA colleagues and officials from the World Health Organisation (WHO) country office and headquarters (HQ).

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Ivory Coast

The launch took place in Ivory Coast on 17 December 2019.

The ceremony was attended by 180 participants from different entities, including the Minister of Health. The event was opened by the Director of the DPML Dr Duncan A. Rachel. 

Launch event materials – coming soon