Author: Lenias Hwenda
Picture: Dr Oly Ilunga Kilunga: Minister of Health Democratic Republic of Congo
We can all breathe a collective sigh of relief after the recent announcement by the Minister of Health of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) Dr Oly Ilunga Kalenga that the ninth and most deadly Ebola epidemic in the DRC is now under control. This is welcome news in an international system rife with bad news. The speed and success of the DRC’S responses to an Ebola outbreak that had all the hallmarks of a potentially devastating epidemic has much to do with strong and decisive leadership, testament to what happens when governments take ownership of national health security challenges and work effectively with partners to overcome the threat.
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Tinotenda Gwisai. Harare Zimbabwe. Tino is a biomedical engineer and a young leader who specialised in social medicine and is currently embarking on Ph.D. studies at ETH Zurich in Switzerland.
This month,Medicines for Africa launched a nationwide essay competition on the Good Governance of Medicines in Zimbabwe. The aim of the competition is to encourage students to play an active role in formulating ideas and strategies for improving good governance in the pharmaceutical sector.
We believe that early and sustained engagement of students on issues pertaining to good governance will, over time, assist in equipping future leaders with some of the essential tools and knowledge necessary to strengthen good governance in the pharmaceutical sector.
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