Essential medicines and health products

Medicines Advisers

Putting the right people in the right place

“This position has contributed greatly to the improvement of the delivery of pharmaceutical services in the country since its inception. We at the Ministry of Health and especially the Pharmacy Division greatly value and appreciate this enormous contribution and collaboration”. Sebisubi Fred, Principal Pharmacist, Ministry of Health, Uganda, 2007.

WHO provides intensified support to over 40 selected countries through Medicines Advisers located in WHO Country Offices. Medicines Advisers are National Professional Officers (NPOs) with specialized expertise in medicines. Positioned in selected WHO Country Offices, they ensure countries have consistent, intensive and long-term support in the medicines area. Medicines Advisers work with Ministries of Health (MoH) to assess and monitor country medicines sectors, assist countries in identifying policy priorities, and coordinate WHO technical work in the medicines sector. Medicines Advisers are also strategic resources countries may call upon for expert advice on medicines issues.

Our work here at MPC is to liaise with and provide support to this unique network of highly trained professionals spread around the globe. In turn, the Medicines Advisers assist us in:

  • Assessing countries needs and priorities.
  • Planning, implementation and monitoring of support on medicines policies.
  • Coordination of stakeholders involved in pharmaceuticals.
  • Feedback and reporting on our activities.

Profiles of Advisers

As was said above, WHO has more than 40 Medicines Advisers spread around the globe. Here are the profiles of the advisers in the African Region, together with some of the key documents produced by the country:

Burkina Faso

Arsène Ouedraogo

Democratic Republic of Congo

Anastasie Mulumba


Donatien BIGIRIMANA is a pharmacist and he is currently in charge of the WHO Essential Medicines Programs in Burundi. Before joining WHO, he was the Director of the Central Medical Store of Burundi (CAMEBU) and was involved in a number of initiatives aimed at strengthening the pharmaceutical sector. He has also worked in the health-insurance sector as Chief Analyst of the National Network of Mutual Pharmacies and for the Ministry of Health, where he has occupied a number of positions.


Samuel Besong

Congo (Republic of)

Ray Mankele is a pharmacist biologist with diplomas from the Universities of Dakar, Abidjian and Brazzaville. Before joining WHO, he has been for 8 years Biomedical Director of the National Laboratory of Public health. He has also been the Focal Point for Laboratory at the Ministry of Health.


Abraham Gebregiorgis


Edith Andrews has been the WHO National Medicines Advisor in Ghana since 2003. She has an MPH and MSc in pharmacy as well as 10 years’ experience in hospital pharmacy and 4 years in district health administration. She collaborates intensively with all stakeholders in the pharmaceutical sector, particularly the Ministry of Health.


Regina Mbindyo is a pharmacist with postgraduate training in business administration specializing in strategic management. Her work experience includes developing systems for warehousing, inventory management and quality assurance as Operations Manager for the Mission for Essential Drugs and Supplies (MEDS) and working in the Ministry of Health and the Kenya Medical Research Institute


Minkaïla Djibrilla Maiga. Before joining WHO, he has been the first Director of the Agency for Pharmacy and Medicines. He held this position since the creation of the agency in 2000 till 2007. He has also been the Director of the department for Pharmacy and Laboratory of the Ministry of Health from 1995 to 2000. Between 1984 and 1995 he has worked as regional pharmacist in Timbouctou, where he was in charge of the Programme for vaccination and planning.


Ana Fernandes


Ogori Taylor has been the WHO National Medicine Adviser in Nigeria since 2001. She is a pharmacist. Prior to joining WHO, she worked as a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Clinical Pharmacy and Biopharmacy, of the College of Medicine, at the University of Lagos.


Mamadou Ngom has been the WHO Medicines Adviser for Senegal since 2002. Mamadou Ngom is a pharmacist holding a diploma from the University of Cheick Anta Diop of Dakar. Before joining WHO he was working for the public sector. His main areas of expertise are the procurement and supply of medicines.


Joseph Ngobi Mwoga is a Pharmacist and holds a Master of Public Health degree. He has over 15 years experience in pharmaceutical logistics management in Uganda that transcends from policy formulation to service delivery levels. He has worked on technical support and capacity building to government and partners; medicines delivery systems management and policy formulation; hospital and district health services and medicines delivery systems; and medicines regulation and quality assurance systems.

United Republic of Tanzania

Rose Shija has been the WHO National Medicines Adviser in the United Republic of Tanzania since 2002. She is a registered pharmacist, qualified from the University of Dar es Salaam with postgraduate training in pharmaceutical sciences from Curtin University (Australia) and in Community Health and Health Management in Developing Countries from Heidelberg University (Germany).