Yvonne Yirenkyiwaa Esseku is a pharmacist, a pharmacologist, lawyer, a management consultant and an educator. She has experience in leadership, governance, policy and human resource management. She has been involved in the development of policy and training documents and has led and participated in the drafting and review of constitutions and by-laws for a number of organizations. She has lectured in the areas of pharmacology, toxicology, medical law and ethics and leadership. Yvonne has played a lead role in the management and implementation of several projects. She has been involved in community engagement and education on use, abuse and misuse of medicines in general and antimicrobials in particular and general health and wellbeing. She has a particular interest in medicine safety. Her strong interpersonal skills have afforded effective communication and building of teamwork among both senior and junior colleagues.
Yvonne is also the immediate past Vice President of the Pharmaceutical Society of Ghana (PSGH). In that role, she led the drive to extend pharmaceutical services in improving public health and served as Chair of the Disciplinary Committee of the Society, leading the design and roll out of training sessions for pharmacists in ethics and professionalism. She led the PSGH COVID FUND which raised funds to support the National COVID-19 effort and distribute much needed Personal Protective Equipment to Community Pharmacies nationwide and eight (8) COVID-19 treatment centres in the country. She has served as Chair of the Ladies Pharmacists Association of Ghana and Vice Chair of the Community Practice Pharmacists Association.
Yvonne has been Councillor of the Commonwealth Pharmacists Association representing the PSGH during her term as Vice President of the Society. She is coordinator for the Commonwealth Partnership for Antimicrobial Stewardship (CwPAMS) in Ghana.
She is a Fellow of the Ghana College of Pharmacists, Fellow of the National Safety Council – Ghana, Fellow of Pharmaceutical Society of Ghana, Member of the International Society of Pharmacovigilance, and Editor-in-Chief of the Ghana Safety and Health Journal.
She is married with five children and provides family life counselling in her spare time.
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