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MINUTES OF THE 1ST ADVISORY BOARD MEETING OF ADMER HELD ON THURSDAY 18TH NOVEMBER 2010 AT THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF THE MICROBIOLOGY DEPARTMENT

 

PRESENT

Prof. Mercy J. Newman                                     -           Univ. of Ghana Medical School (Chairman)

Mr. Japheth A. Opintan                                      -           Univ. of Ghana Medical School (Secretary)

Dr. Nicholas Tweneboah                                 -           National Health Insurance Scheme (Member)

Ms. Martha Gyansah-Lutherodt                       -           Ministry of Health (Member)

 

ABSENT

Dr. Kjems Mia Draegert              (apology)      -        Danish Embassy

Dr. Sally-Ohene                         (apology)         -        W H O

Dr. Frank Nyonator                                             -        Ghana Health Service

Dr. Isaac Adams                                                 -        Ghana National Drug Board

Dr. S. K. Opuni                                                   -           Food and Drugs Board

Registrar                                                            -           Pharmacy Council

Dr. Gilbert Buckle (Executive Secretary)       -           Christian Health Association of Ghana

Executive Secretary                                          -           Private Self-Financing Medical Practitioners

Dr. Paul Lartey                                                   -           Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Ass.

Dr. Cecilia Bentsi                                              -           Coalition of NGOs in Health

Prof. R. Biritwum                                               -           UGMS

Dr. R. K. Adosraku                                            -           KNUST

Dr. K. K. Addo                                                     -           NMIMR

 

 

START

The meeting started at about 2:30p.m.  The stakeholders were welcomed by Prof. Newman

PH.D THESIS AREAS

In an earlier letter inviting the stakeholders to serve on the Board, summaries of the individual PhD thesis

areas was enclosed.  At the maiden Board meeting, the thesis areas were discussed, and some

inputs/comments were made.  These included:

 

(a)        Social Pharmacy (Mary-Ann)

  • A suggestion for a more representation of the three (3) geographical zones of Ghana (north, Middle and South zones).

 

  • Suggestion to engage two master students to assist Mary-Ann, to investigate what happens at the districts.

(b)        Social Pharmacy (Samuel Bekoe)

 

  • Sites should be more regional and should include districts remote from Accra and Kumasi

 

  • Specific congested towns (peri-urban areas) like Ashiaman (Accra) and Asowase (Kumasi) needs to be investigated for purposes of variations.

(c) Sentinel sites

 

  • There as a suggestion to set up sentinel sites so that there could be continuous monitoring of the antibiotic resistance problem.  Admer could ever rid on the backs of already existing sentinel sites (e.g. sentinel sites for malaria)

 

(d) Dissemination of research findings

  • There was a suggestion to share preliminary results.  These could be in the forms of policy briefs, and papers.

 

STATUS OF WHAT HAS BEEN DONE SO FAR

 

The Board was briefed on what has been done so far since the inception workshop at Akosombo.  These included:

 

-          Retrospective data were collected by the students

-          Needs assessment not fully completed

-          Protocols developed for ethical clearance and

-          Students practicing some laboratory techniques

 

On the issues of the needs assessment, there was a suggestion not to forget “little” things that could become big oceans.  These items include fuel to make errands, software to manage information, motivations for human resources etc.

 

GENERAL COMMENTS

-           There was a suggestion for another meeting before January 2011

 

-           The Board is happy about the range of research areas and indicated that these will provide useful information for policy directions

 

 

ANY OTHER BUSINESS

 

-           We were informed of a Swedish sponsored project, “ReAct” which also wants to investigate drug resistance in Ghana.  The Ministry of Health is “shaping” the direction in which this project should

take.

 

-           At each meeting provide policy briefs

 

-           Request for Ministry of Health to provide copies of the standard drug list – 10 copies will be

provided.

 

CLOSING:        The meeting ended at 3.55p.m.

 

Recorded by:     MR. JAPHETH A. OPINTAN