The APIN Clinical Pharmacy Training Manual for HIV Medicine, a product of many years of work by a team of Nigerian and American Pharmacists and Physicians was presented at a special session on November 7th 2014, at the recently concluded 87th annual conference of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria in Uyo, Akwa Ibom state.
The event was chaired by a distinguished fellow of the Pharmaceutical Society, and member of APIN Board of Directors, Mazi Sam Ohuabunwa. He was assisted at the event by another foremost fellow of the society, Pharm Ifeanyi Atueyi. Mazi Ohuabunwa commended APIN for this noteworthy and practical contribution to the fight against HIV/AIDS, a challenging Public Health problem of our time. He was of the view that production of the manual aligns with the vision of the society for pharmacists to become more involved and interested in various sub specialties of Clinical Pharmacy. He further expressed his satisfaction on the quality of the manual and hoped that it would continue to be an invaluable resource for all those working or interested in the sub specialty of HIV Medicine.
Pharm Atueyi, a foremost publisher, said that his acceptance to be part of the event was already an eloquent testimony to the quality of content and layout of the book. He therefore commended it to all present for continuing education.
APIN’s CEO, Dr. Prosper Okonkwo stated that the training manual was one of APIN’s contribution towards improving the quality of healthcare professionals in HIV/AIDS practice, and informed the audience that Pharm Olaitan would pursue the possibility of the pharmacy council accrediting APIN’s Pharmacy training programs for continuing Professional Development (CPD), as is already the case for our trainings for doctors.
Pharm Remi Olaitan explained as its contribution to improving the national response to HIV/AIDS, APIN had to develop a training manual for Pharmacists to bridge the knowledge gap in the management of the pandemic. She also highlighted the different platforms through which the manual could be assessed; explaining that it is a self-learning tool that pharmacists could access at their leisure from the APIN website.
After recognizing contributing authors in the audience, two of them; Pharm. Ebiere Herbertson and Pharm. Isaac Abah commented on the content and quality of the manual, stating that the manual was very well researched and will prove to be a standard reference material in the management of HIV/AIDS in Nigeria.
The training manual was then publicly presented by Mazi Sam Ohuabunwa, supported by Pharm Atueyi, Dr Okonkwo, Pharm Olaitan and some of the contributing authors present at the event.