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GiZ donates equipment to FDA to support vaccine production in Ghana

The IRIMS digitalises FDA’s regulatory operations, including release for vaccine manufacturing, and allows clients to track their applications online

The German Development Corporation, GiZ, has donated four Integrated Regulatory Information Management Systems (IRIMS) servers to the Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) to support Ghana’s ambition to become a vaccine-manufacturing hub.

The IRIMS digitalises the FDA’s regulatory operations, including a release for vaccine manufacturing, and allows clients to track their applications online.

Speaking at a short handover ceremony, Wilhelm Hugo, Cluster Coordinator of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GiZ), stated that the donation supports the National Vaccine Institute’s efforts to create an enabling environment for vaccine production in Ghana. 

“With this new management system and additional technical equipment, our Ghanaian partners can continue working towards their objective of turning Ghana into a pharmaceutical producer,” he said.

Meeting WHO standards

To regulate vaccine production in Ghana, the FDA must meet the World Health Organisation (WHO) standards, which include a pharmaceutical-microbiological laboratory and a Clean Room to prevent contamination from dust, airborne germs, aerosol particles, and chemical vapours.

Commitment to infrastructure development

Delese Darko, CEO of the FDA, assured that “by November 2024, the FDA will have a Clean Room that meets specific biosafety standards. This effort underscores our commitment to building the critical infrastructure to regulate locally produced vaccines for the ECOWAS region.” 

Darko also expressed gratitude to GiZ for their support, assuring that Ghana will succeed in local vaccine production, thereby improving the health status of the people of West Africa.

Reporting by Seyram Abdallah in Accra 

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