Training course in Radiopharmacy to pharmacists from Africa


The International Atomic Energy Agency in cooperation with Goce Delchev University organize two-month course for Radiopharmacy in Stip. The trainees are professionals, pharmacists coming from Africa, and they will be trained by the University’s professors in Shtip. The coordinator of the project is Prof. Dr. Emilia-Janevich Ivanovska, and as she noted this project is of great international importance.

This is a significant project for us and for the International Atomic Energy Agency, because in the African countries the development of nuclear medicine and the application of radioactive isotopes in medicine is becoming intense. The application of the radioactive isotopes is considered   an integrative part of pharmacy and for that purpose well educated staff is needed. The IAEA had sufficient confidence in us as a University and entrusted us to train these people. Now we have a group of 22 pharmacists. Every country in Africa has delegated one member from their country. I hope they will be satisfied with the knowledge they gain,” said prof. Dr. Emilia-Janevich Ivanovska.

Lecturers are professors and experts from the University Goce Delchev, i.e. from the Faculty of Medical Sciences, but there are going to be lecturers from Britain, Italy, Austria and representatives of the International Atomic Energy Agency. As one of the lecturers to the course the Dean of the Faculty of Medical Sciences, Prof.  Dr. Rubin Gulaboski, noted that assigning FMS with such a project is proof that the competency of this medical school is internationally recognized.

We should bear in mind that the Faculty of Medical Sciences is an institution where two of the ten mostly cited authors in Macedonia are employed and we own equipment that can be competitive worldwide. We carry out experiments that other centers can look up to. The trust that IAEA placed in us is proof that they know the quality of work and capacities of the Faculty of Medical Sciences and that is why these courses are held at our Faculty,” said Prof. Dr. Rubin Gulaboski, Dean of the Faculty of Medical Sciences.

The trainees of the course also expressed their pleasure. They said the lectures and the working conditions are very good and will be of benefit in their work when they return to Africa.

This course is very useful for us. I hope to apply this knowledge when I return to my country and I am pleased with the lectures in general,” said Mona from Egypt.

The lectures are very interesting and the infrastructure in your school is better than in my country. I hope I will be able to accumulate a lot of knowledge, and I can see that my colleagues are satisfied too,” said Se Ku Ba from Mali.

Part of the training course includes practical lessons which will be held in clinics in Skopje and at the PET center which is also part of the University. The course will last two months and after it is completed all participants will take an exam and they will be conferred internationally recognized certificates.