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  • 29 Aug 2018 11:00 AM | Francis Aboagye-Nyame (Administrator)

    This weekend was HISTORIC!

    The first annual conference of the Ghana Pharmacists Association International (GPhA), took place at the BWI Marriott in Baltimore, Maryland. This was the culmination of the hard work and preparations by GPhA Executives and GPhA Leadership Team.

    The event was well attended by members throughout the USA and a mother-daughter duo from Canada. Gifty Lano, President of the North America Ghana Nurses Foundation and pharmacy students from Howard University also participated.

    The Senior Minister of Ghana, Dr. Yaw Osafo-Maafo delivered the keynote address on the theme “Uniting to make an Impact.”

    On Friday night, August 24, Sandoz, Inc. sponsored a dinner and presentation on Biosimilars, delivered by Dr. Wallene Bullard.

    Notable speakers such as Dr. Christopher Keeys, Dr. Nana Akosua Boateng, Dr. Linda Sarpong, Mr. Francis Aboagye-Nyame, and Mr. Ngu Nyimdem provided updates on clinical practice, entrepreneurship, business, and information technology on Saturday. The day also included networking events and the GPhA Congress meeting, and concluded with an evening gala.

    The GPhA Congress resulted in the following important developments:

    • GPhA national interim executives were unanimously voted into 3-year terms of office, per stipulations of the GPhA constitution
    • Two new State chapters were inaugurated and interim officers appointed. These are:
      • Florida
        • Abena Milner (Interim President)
        • Sakyi K. Sarsah (Interim Vice President)
        • Kwame Kyeremateng-Afrani (Interim Treasurer)
        • Enoch Ofosu (Ambassador)
        • Pending (General Secretary)
      • NY/NJ
        • Aniwaa Owusu Obeng (Interim President)
        • Corrine Larkai-Asare (Interim Vice President)
        • Mary Appiah-Agyei (Gen. secretary)
        • Efua Ghansah (Interim Treasurer)
        • Nana Attafuah Beckoe (Programs Coordinator)
    • Dr. Eillen Dankwaah was nominated and confirmed as the new national programs coordinator, replacing Dr. Michael Nyame-Mireku.
    • Member dues will continue to be on an annual basis, with a pro-ration accommodation made for new members.
    • The house deliberated on dates and venues for GPhA’s next annual conference, with the decision made that GPhA Executives will put out suggestions for members to vote on.
    • The motion carried to change the name of GPhA-US to GPhA-NA on the association’s website.
    The occasion was crowned by an evening gala; one of the highlights was a rich, colorful Ghanaian cultural display. Members, resplendently dressed in their formal wear, continued to network at their dinner tables and on the dance floor afterwards.

    Dr. Yaw Osafo-Maafo, Dr. Anthony Wutoh, Mr. Eric Boateng (pharmacist and representative for the Ambassador of Ghana to USA), all gave speeches to pledge their support and encourage GPhA in its endeavors to make a positive impact.

    GPhA President Dr. Kofi Bawuah delivered the state of GPhA address and all of the State Chapters and their Executives were also recognized.

    It was an evening of fun-filled activities, good food and dancing. It was BEAUTIFUL!

    On Sunday, August 26 the GPhA Business Committee met to explore and discuss opportunities for financial investments. The committee was tasked to come up with a report to this end.

    On behalf of the Executives, I express my heartfelt thanks to all and sundry for your precious time, selfless efforts, and financial contributions that made this occasion a resounding success!

    Click here for photos of the event. You may also upload yours...


    Sam, GPhA General Secretary

  • 21 May 2018 1:51 PM | Francis Aboagye-Nyame (Administrator)

    Following a petition to the Ghana Pharmacy Council and several follow up meetings and discussions for the reduction of the 3 month rotation requirement for U.S. (foreign) trained pharmacists, we have been reliably informed that our request has been approved and modified to 3 WEEKS ROTATION & 1 WEEK EXAMS PREPARATION, effective July 2018. 

    A formal notification of the change is yet to be received by GPhA leadership, however the basic requirements to take advantage of this provision are as follows:

    1. Be a Registered Member of GPhA in good standing
    2. Possess a Minimum of 2 years pharmacist work experience in the US
    3. Hold an Active US Registered Pharmacist License
    Watch this space for more information.

  • 14 Dec 2017 11:21 PM | Francis Aboagye-Nyame (Administrator)

    On Thursday, December 14, 2017, the Ghanaian Pharmacists Association (GPhA) in the United States held an inauguration ceremony to induct new officers into office. The theme for the celebration was “Partners for Better health.”

    The association which began with a small group of working and student pharmacists in the community has now grown to over 50 members.

    It is the mission of GPhA to advocate for all Ghanaian Pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians, share knowledge and innovative ideas, assist with career opportunities and project a good professional image while working to strengthen the bond between Pharmacists in Ghana and the United States of America.

    The evening's proceeding began with an address by His Excellency Dr. Barfour Adjei-Barwuah, Ghana’s Ambassador to the United States who hosted the event at Embassy of Ghana in Washington DC. In his welcome address, the Ambassador said the impact of Ghanaians and African professionals in the pharmaceutical industry is very crucial for Ghana and Africa as a whole, in improving health standards.

    "The future of Africa rests on you. The launch basically establishes that you are determined to make a more than average contribution to Africa’s effort to stand on her own", said the Ambassador who went on to congratulate the incoming office holders.

    Because Ghana was the first country south of the Sahara to gain independence we are more often held responsible for whatever advances Africa will make just as I am holding you responsible for the advances we can make in our health industry and in our general development as a whole” - Ambassador Barwuah.

    He concluded his message with the words "Thank you for inviting me and thank you for giving us the expectation that we are making the right moves for a whole continent's future." Dr. Rauf Audu, registrar of Ghana Pharmacy Council on his part praised the leadership of the Ghanaian Pharmacists association for their effort in making the dream of the association come true.

    Other speakers at the function included Dr. Anthony K. Wutoh, the Provost and Chief Academic Officer of Howard University and Dr. Joseph R. Ofosu, Dean of the School of Pharmacy at the University of Saint Joseph in Connecticut.

    In line with their aim of engaging in charitable activities and community services, the association has organized health fairs and screenings in the community for several years. They recently embarked on a Pharmacy textbook drive and donated several books to the pharmacy department of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) in Ghana. They also donated several journals and magazines to the Ghana Pharmacy Council.

    The following officers were sworn into office to steer the affairs of the Association: Kofi Oteng Bawuah - President, Vera Dannsa Asante - Vice President, Michael Nana Nyame-Mireku - Programs Coordinator, Samson Ansong - Secretary and Nana Kojo Dwumfour - Treasurer.

    In his inaugural speech Dr. Kofi Oteng Bawuah, the President enumerated his priorities for the coming year. He said “we want to be successful in mobilizing and recruiting Pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians across the nation to form one strong GPhA with chapters all over the US and also to partner with our Ghanaian colleagues to ensure better health for Ghanaian citizens, hence our motto: 'Partners for better health.'”

    Dean of Howard University Pharmacy School Toyin Tofade was also in attendance to support the occasion. The curtain was drawn to conclude the event with a vote of thanks by Dr. Loreen Wutoh.

    Today, the group has a total of two active Chapters in Maryland and Virginia and new Chapters have been started in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania , Texas, Delaware, Connecticut, Rhode Island, California and Massachusetts.

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