|Counterfeit drugs (WHO/EDM, 1999, 61 p.)|
|10. Developing training programmes: inspection and examination of counterfeit pharmaceuticals|
Establish a core group for organizing the training programmes
- Organize the core group for planning and implementing the education programme. The group may be organized by health authorities, or by nongovernmental organizations or joint enterprises.
- Establish roles and responsibilities for all participants in planning and implementation.
Develop the profile of what is required and estimate the output of the programme
- Construct the profile of the required system of national or local drug distribution in terms of the characteristics of both professionals and the general public.
- Collect data regarding the target professionals.
- Assess the overall performance of the target professionals.
- Identify the extent of the combating responsibility of the target professionals in counterfeit pharmaceuticals.
- Identify what the professionals need to improve their performance in combating counterfeit pharmaceuticals, and prioritize according to the available resources.
- Identify the "end products" to be achieved by the training programme.
Plan the curriculum according to the need
- Develop a survey of the needs.
- Identify sources of data and other resources.
- Prepare a plan (who, where, when) for collecting data.
- Collate information.
Assess the facilities and staff available
- Assess the available teaching staff, equipment and facilities in institutions for training.
- Determine whether additional staff and equipment will be needed to meet the objectives and provide the curriculum as planned.
Work with other concerned parties
- Identify institutions, groups and persons in the community with whom to collaborate.
- Share information with these institutions, groups and persons in order to encourage collaboration in the programme.
- If there are not enough resources available in the target area, find resources outside the area.
Select the target groups
- Identify the target professionals and select the core groups for whom the programmes will be most effective.
- Ensure that the distribution of participants in the training programme is balanced in terms of disciplines and regions.
Secure financial support
- Investigate potential and existing internal and external sources of financial support for the programme.
Gather materials for a curriculum
- Contact institutions, agencies and other organizations with experience and expertise in the pharmaceutical training fields, including WHO and its collaborating centres.
Make arrangements for the trainees
- Arrange accommodation and travel for the trainees, if necessary.
Recruit teaching staff
- Contact and recruit suitable teaching staff.
- Arrange their accommodation and travel, if necessary.
Establish a positive image for the goal of the programme
- Identify core trainees who understand the meaning of the
programme and support it.
- Obtain early support by key persons.
Deal with barriers
- Attempt to overcome resistance to the programme (e.g. reluctance to take up the issue of counterfeit pharmaceuticals).