Thursday, 28 October 2021

Sibongile Mabuza, Eswatini

Organisation: Ministry of Health Eswatini
Regulatory Science Fellow (2020 Cohort)



I am a pharmacy professional with more than 15 years’ experience. I also have a Master’s in Public Health. I have worked in the public sector as a clinical pharmacist, a regional pharmacist and in supply chain at national level. Currently I work in the Medicines Regulatory Unit of the Ministry of Health; my responsibilities include inspection and licencing of pharmaceutical establishments, import & export of pharmaceutical products, clinical trial oversight and supporting the establishment of a system for registering medicines.

Some of my proud moments include establishing the pharmacy department of the first paediatric HIV/AIDS care center in the country. I was also one of the first regional pharmacists in the country who assisted in establishing a mechanism for oversight of pharmaceutical services in facilities without pharmacy personnel. I also coordinated the integration of reproductive health commodities into the national supply chain system. As the product regulatory system in Eswatini is being established part of my responsibilities include establishing the system, which includes contributing in the development of regulations, guidelines and tools for the system.

 Area of research interest

Projects and research that target the strengthening of health systems interest me. Currently my interest is to see the medicines registration system in Eswatini established; this I believe would improve the quality, safety and efficacy of Medicines that are supplied to the people of Eswatini.  

What do you hope to gain from the fellowship?

The fellowship will contribute to my knowledge and confidence in evaluating dossiers which something I have personal interest in developing. It will also hopefully assist me understand the entire medicines registration system better and this I believe will not benefit me alone but will benefit my organization and Eswatini as well. This understanding can be used to establish a robust medicines registration system in the country. The region will benefit as the strengthening of the system in Eswatini moves the region closer to closing some of the gaps in product regulation in the region and thus assists in ensuring the supply of quality, safe and efficacious products for the population in the region.

Regulatory mentor: Dr Luther Gwaza, World Health Organisation

Academic Mentor: Prof Aukje Mantel-Teeuwisse, Utrecht University, The Netherlands