Joint German – South African program ‘Pharmacy of the Future’ won the First Prize at the first ever ‘German Global Health Award’ in Berlin. The successful partnership between Mach4 Automationstechnik and Right to Care was funded by the German Ministry for Development Cooperation (BMZ). The prize was awarded by German Minister of Economic Affairs, Brigitte Zypries on May 17.
The ‘Pharmacy of the Future’ is a partnership under the GIZ programme Developppp.de. This strategic alliance between Mach 4, a German technology provider, Right to Care and its subsidiary Right to Care Health Services a leading NGO company and the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, is piloting innovative solutions to address health care service delivery.
The South African public sector clinics and pharmacies are under great pressure with large numbers of patients, while only having limited resources. This results in long waiting times for patients. The decrease of these waiting times at public healthcare facilities is one of the major preoccupations of the National Department of Health.
This new and innovative solution addresses challenges faced by the South African public health care system; by creating a remote automated Pharmacy Dispensing Unit (PDU), in short the partnership is using German technology to dispense chronic medication to patients through a remote automated dispensing unit, conveniently located, thereby improving patient management (waiting times and communication), stock management and system efficiencies.