A critical view of pharmacy education and practice in Kenya

    Published on:November 2016
    Journal of Young Pharmacists, 2017; 9(1):131-132
    Letter to the Editor | doi:10.5530/jyp.2017.9.25

    Mitchel Otieno Okumu*1, Francis Okumu Ochola2, Mary Atieno Onyango3

    1Department of Public Health, Pharmacology and Toxicology, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Nairobi. P. O BOX 29053-00625 Nairobi, Kenya

    2Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, Faculty of Medicine, Moi University. P.O BOX 3900-30100 Eldoret, Kenya.

    3Department of Pharmacology, School of Medicine, Maseno University. P.O BOX 3275-40100 Kisumu, Kenya



    The importance of the pharmacy practitioner to the healthcare team in general and to the patient in particular is under serious threat in Kenya. The perception that the exclusive role of the pharmacist is to dispense medication and manage the supply chain of drugs and related commodities underscores the dim view held by the public and other cadres of the healthcare system towards the pharmacy profession. While the rest of the world continues to actively make the practice of pharmacy dynamic, the situation in Kenya has for a good long time remained frustratingly static. Presently, Bachelor of Pharmacy (B. Pharm) is a 5-year program. It is offered in seven institutions namely the University of Nairobi (UoN), Kenyatta University (KU), Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, Kenya Methodist University (KeMU), Mount Kenya University (MKU) and United States International University (USIU). However, the curriculum is structured in such a way that clinical pharmacy accounts for a very small part of the program with a year or two being deemed sufficient contact time with this discipline of pharmacy. Moreover, the B. Pharm degree is the minimum pre-requisite for licensure as a pharmacist in the country. This is at a time when the rest of the developing world is embracing the Doctor of Pharmacy program (PharmD) in a bid to diversify the repertoire, skillset and role of the pharmacist. Read more. . .

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