Organizational capacities of national pharmacovigilance centres in Africa: assessment of resource elements associated with successful and unsuccessful pharmacovigilance experiences

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Organizational capacities of national pharmacovigilance centres in Africa: assessment of resource elements associated with successful and unsuccessful pharmacovigilance experiences
National pharmacovigilance centres (national centres) are gradually gaining visibility as part of the healthcare delivery system in Africa. As does happen in high-income countries, it is assumed that national centres can play a central coordinating role in their national pharmacovigilance (PV) systems. However, there are no studies that have investigated whether national centres in Africa have sufficient organizational capacity to deliver on this mandate and previous studies have reported challenges such as lack of funding, political will and adequate human resources.
We conducted interviews with strategic leaders in national centres in 18 African countries, to examine how they link the capacity of their organization to the outcomes of activities coordinated by their centres. Strategic leaders were asked to describe three situations in which activities conducted by their centre were deemed successful and unsuccessful. We analyzed these experiences for common themes and examined whether strategic leaders attributed particular types of resources and relationships with stakeholders to successful or unsuccessful activities.
Authors: H. Hilda Ampadu, Jarno Hoekman, Daniel Arhinful, Marilyn Amoama-Dapaah, Hubert G. M. Leufkens and Alex N. O. Dodoo
Citation: Globalization and Health 2018 14:109
Published on: 16 November 2018