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About Practical Pharmacy Newsletter: Background

Practical Pharmacy Newsletter (PPN) is targeted at frontline health workers in developing countries who may not have training in pharmacy. It seeks to provide them with objective, practical information on medicines supply and management.

Production of the original Practical Pharmacy Newsletter ran from 1996 to 2000 by ECHO International Health Services, with support from the UK Department of International Development and the World Health Organization. These first editions of Practical Pharmacy laid a solid foundation, beginning from basic essential skills for medicine management in a health centre setting (storing medicines, stock control, etc) and moving on to patient-centred topics (rational prescribing, medicines in pregnancy and the elderly, etc).

HAI Africa re-launched the newsletter in October 2006. Its editorial team identifies themes and topics for each edition, reviews and validates content, and disseminates the newsletter through various networks.

Guidelines on article.

  • The articles are written in simple language to act as a practical reference and resource for frontline health workers in their day-to-day work.
  • The newsletter is published once quarterly (Jan, April, July, Oct) and is circulated to the PPN mailing list and other suitable networks.
  • The ideal length is 8 pages with a maximum limit of 12 pages.
  • Articles should not exceed 1000 words, unless discussed with the editor prior to submission.
  • All photos accompanying the articles should be low resolution only.
  • Materials for the newsletter will be accepted and edited at the discretion of the editor. The editor is especially looking for practical, easy-to-read information that will be useful to the frontline health worker. Other material of interest will be published as space permits.

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Contact Information

Health Action International (HAI) Africa Office
4th Floor, Top Plaza off Kindaruma Road Suite 4-2
P.O Box Nairobi - Kenya
Tel: +254 20 2692973 ext 108, Cell phone: + 254 0733 398654.
E-mail:info@haiafrica.org, Web:http:// www.haiafrica.org