Review of quality of veterinary medicines: WWARN-IDDO Medicine Quality Scientific Group / Lao-Oxford—Mahosot Hospital-Wellcome Trust Research Unit
For more information contact Associate Professor Veronika Wirtz
WWARN-IDDO Medicine Quality Scientific Group / Lao-Oxford—Mahosot Hospital-Wellcome Trust Research Unit
Tel: (856-21) 242158
Agency Description/Mission Statement:
We are a clinical infectious disease research unit based in a teaching hospital in Vientiane, the capital of Laos. The WWARN-IDDO Medicine Quality Scientific Group is based within the unit and is staffed by a Coordinator, three Lao pharmacists/doctors and a Group head.
It has become clear that there are severe but heterogeneous, through both space and time, problems with the global medicine supply, both in terms of access and quality. WWARN-IDDO aims at sharing global expertise, sharing information, strengthening knowledge of the scale of the problem of poor quality medicines, and raises awareness among key stakeholders.
We have tabulated and mapped all the accessible reports of antimalarial medicine quality (see: http://www.wwarn.org/aqsurveyor/) and we are working on similar projects for the quality of maternal/sexual health medicines, diabetes medicines, TB medicines and antibiotics. We are reviewing all the evidence we can find and hope to be able to map these reports, as we have done for antimalarial medicines, to facilitate access to this information. These data will be presented and mapped on the Oxford based IDDO platform (https://www.iddo.org/). We are also working on linked reviews of the quality of each of these classes of medicine for submission to peer-reviewed journals.
The student would work within this group and be supervised by the Coordinator and Group head.
Practicum description/Scope of Work:
We have started a review of the quality of veterinary medicines with an initial search and accumulation of papers and started entering the data into a database.
The project would involve completing the search of the formal and lay literature for all the accessible reports on the quality of veterinary medicines and devices. The team in Vientiane has expertise in such review work. We would expect this work to be publishable as a peer-reviewed paper. As a part of the project it will also be necessary to review current situation for regulation of veterinary products and trends in veterinary health to facilitate understanding of the impact of poor quality products, OneHealth and antimicrobial resistance. The project would also include discussion of the potential interventions to ensure that veterinary medicines are good quality. We intend that these data will be summarized on an IDDO online mapping system such as the AQ surveyor described above, but this is unlikely to be achievable during the actual project.
In addition to that main project, the student could be involved in an ongoing project aiming to evaluate and compare various medicine quality portable/handheld devices such as the TruScan, the CD3 and the Minilab.
If the student wished s/he could also occasionally participate in the infectious disease board and ward rounds in the laboratory and hospital, respectively, to gain understanding of the diseases and problems in diagnosis and management in Laos. S/he would also be able to participate in the journal club and talks that the unit runs.
The student would be provided with a desk, an internet connection with supervisory and administrative support.
Minimum skills required/desired:
Basic computer skills and comprehension of scientific papers and pharmaceutical science are required. The student should have teamwork skills and should be proactive and make initiatives to solve everyday problems when needed.
Time / Dates of Availability:
At least 6 weeks (full-time) are required, between March and December 2017
CV + letter of interest
February 15th 2017
Number of students requested: 1
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