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Lifelong Lessons

December 17, 2012 - 1:30am
How do you wrap up 6 months of work in a final blog?  You don’t.  You talk about perspectives and knowledge you have gained for the last 6 months.  Learning to live in a third world country and working with an organization that does not work for profit are two of the biggest challenges of my life.  They were also two of the best.  Going into a 6 month fellowship can be an intimidating experience... Read More

Supply Chain Challenges and Structures

August 3, 2012 - 12:30pm
Supply chain challenges exist around the globe.  Many facets of the pharmaceutical industry continue to diversify.  In an ever changing global society, there are consistent monitors to help maintain, control, and identify secure supply chains.  Although millions of dollars are spent, thousands of human resource hours are spent, and innovative ways of securing pharmaceuticals are created daily,... Read More

Urban and Rural Mosquitoes in Tanzania

June 25, 2012 - 4:16pm
 After a month of traveling throughout the eastern portion of Tanzania, I came to a realization about Dar es Salaam that I didn’t have before:  The mosquitoes in Dar are not like the mosquitoes in the rural parts of the country.  I never wear bug repellent in Dar, and I didn’t even think to bring any with me on a recent business trip to Moshi.  When I arrived in Moshi and tried to sit outside in... Read More

Tanzanian Food and Drugs Authority

May 22, 2012 - 2:04pm
Since my last blog, I have been thrust into the world of the Tanzanian regulations.  Meetings with the Tanzanian FDA (TFDA), meeting with local stakeholders of my project work, and coordinating final goals with the home office in Amsterdam have been priority.  My project, you say?  It is easily explained now that I have completed Phase I fact finding from my objectives.  Simply explained, I am... Read More

From Quality Operations Pfizer to Quality Consultant PharmAccess, Tanzania

April 27, 2012 - 12:30pm
Greetings from Tanzania!  Selected as part of this year’s class of Fellows, I have just arrived in Dar es Salaam to work with PharmAccess Foundation for a 6 month assignment, working with two other Fellows Mario Villa (from Pfizer Italy) and Henry Okoth (from Sanford, North Carolina).  As a team, we are working on quality monitoring and evaluation systems and financing models for pharmacies. This... Read More