ecancer: The increasing importance of cancer control in Africa (14) Community pharmacies and prevention/screening for cancer (2)

2 August, 2019

Good day Anthony

I would share the same view with you about use of the retail or community pharmacy sector as a hub for cancer prevention and even screening activities.

Indeed pharmacies are more accessible to the community in areas where they are and people trust them as a source of information. There would be however need to capacitate the pharmacy personnel on the issues of cancer management. The quicker way could be through continuing education.

In Zimbabwe, the Zimbabwean Society of Oncology Pharmacy is trying to come up with programs that interest the retail pharmacy sector in order to enhance cancer management.However, as in most LMICs, competing priorities of survival tend to get in the way.

We would be grateful if someone from this platform could share models they have used in their set ups to enhance access to self care information on cancer and other NCDs from the retail or community pharmacy set up.


Venus Mushininga

HIFA Profile: Venus Mushininga is a pharmacist at the Cancer Centre Pharmacy in Zimbabwe.

Professional interests: Oncology, Dissemination of information through to Health Professionals and the public, Research. She is co-coordinator of the HIFA working group on information for Prescribers and Users of Medicines.

Email: vmushininga AT