March-April 2022

Pharmadex export module for DGDA

Bangladesh pharmaceutical companies export medicines to more than 150 countries. Currently, however, companies must submit applications manually, which takes a long time and is an aggravation for both applicants and DGDA. DGDA asked for help to digitalize the export application process. Management Sciences for Health’s two projects, BHB and Medicines Technologies and Pharmaceutical Services are …

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New TA on SARS-CoV2 Genome sequencing for IEDCR

At their 17th meeting in March, the Technical Assistance Committee approved a proposal to build the Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research’s (IEDCR) SARS-CoV2 genomic sequencing ability. BHB with support from the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office will help implement the year-long project. Technical support will help strengthen the five-member team’s laboratory capacity; supply …

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Impressive progress on DGME’s digitalization

BHB is supporting the Directorate General of Medical Education (DGME) to digitalize all its functions. A consulting firm added three new modules: medical education facility registry, central admission management system, and foreign student admission processing. Medical education facility registry: Built to manage data from public and private medical education institutions and centers, this electronic registry …

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BHB supports PCB to develop a training manual for Grade B pharmacists

The PCB registers medicine dispensers in Bangladesh and runs a training program on good pharmacy practice as part of their continued pharmacy education. Bangladesh has Grade A pharmacists (university graduates), Grade B pharmacists (diploma holder in pharmacy from an institute of health technology), and Grade C pharmacy technicians (passed a PCB certificate course). PCB has …

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BHB completed training for over 6,000 Grade C pharmacy technicians

In March, BHB completed its planned training program of the Grade C pharmacy technicians as part of DGDA’s accreditation program. BHB’s target was to train 6,000 Grade C pharmacy technicians, and from August 2021 to March 2022, BHB achieved 103% of the target by completing training of 6,206 participants against 6,357 dispensers who started the …

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Medicine outlets’ readiness for accreditation: Over 90% success

The Directorate General of Drug Administration (DGDA), with assistance from the Better Health in Bangladesh (BHB) project plans to accredit 4,000 medicine outlets in Bangladesh as either model pharmacies or model medicine shops in 2022. The accreditation is a five-step process: Pre-assess medicine outlets to see if they meet three basic criteria (viz., a valid …

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