The Hospital Pharmacists Association of Kenya (HOPAK) provides a dynamic platform for the exchange of knowledge among sector players to enhance their contributions to health. We provide timely scientific programs, ongoing education, opportunities for networking, and professional development.
- To advance and support the professional practice of pharmacists in hospitals.
- To serve as their collective voice on issues related to medication use and public health.
- To provide a forum for professional exchange.
- Represent members in pertinent local and international bodies.
HOPAK dedicates itself to setting standards in hospital pharmacy practice in which pharmacists:
- Will significantly enhance patients’ health related quality of life by exercising leadership in both improving the use of medications by individuals and the overall process of medication use.
- Will manage patient medication therapy and provide related patient care by use of pharmaceutical care plans. ACBR
- Will be the primary individuals responsible for medication use and drug distribution systems.
- Will provide public health services.
- As part of the healthcare team, will be recognized as patient care providers and sought by patients to help them achieve the most benefit for their therapy.
- Will take a leadership role to continuously improve and redesign the medication use process with the goal of achieving significant advances in patient safety, health related outcomes, prudent use of human resources and efficiency.
- Will lead evidence based medication use programs to implement best practices.
- Will have an image among patients, health professionals, administrators and public policy makers as caring and compassionate medication use experts.
Meet The Team
Dr. Mary Kisingu
A pharmacist with twenty year’s professional experience in the pharmaceutical sector in Kenya. She holds a Bachelor of Pharmacy Degree and a Masters in Project Planning and Management from the University of Nairobi and a Masters in Management from the European Business School. She is an InWEnt alumnus in the field of quality management.
A member of the Senior Management Team at the Nairobi Hospital, Mary is currently the Chief Pharmacist and Pharmacy Manager, a position she has held for the last ten years. An accomplished leader, Mary started off her pharmacy career as a branch Manager at Howse & Mc George Ltd (currently, known as Laborex Kenya).
Mary’s contribution in the Pharmaceutical industry has been recognized through the receipt of the Pioneer Award – Health Workforce & Institutional Excellence Award in 2011. She is currently a Board Member of Pharmacy and Poisons Board.
Mary enjoys swimming and jogging, socializing with friends and family to relax and entertain and travelling for work or adventure.
Dr. Dorothy Aywak
Dr. Dorothy Aywak is a Pharmacoepidemiologist with over 13 years of hospital pharmacy experience. She holds a Bachelor of Pharmacy and a Master of Pharmacy- Pharmacoepidemiology and Pharmacovigilance from University of Nairobi. Dorothy is also a member of various professional associations that include Pharmaceutical Society of Kenya(PSK) , International Society of Pharmacovigilance (ISOP) and International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP)
Dorothy has been working at the Kenyatta National Hospital since 2005, where besides managing a pharmacy unit, she is the hospital’s Pharmacovigilance lead and coordinates the Division of Pharmacy CPD program. She is also a member of the Medicine and Therapeutic Committee secretariat, Secretary to the Antimicrobial Stewardship Committee among other responsibilities in multi-disciplinary teams.
Dorothy is passionate about building a patient safety culture among healthcare professionals through facilitating various training programs. She is passionate about training and mentorship. When not working, Dorothy enjoys swimming, travelling and socializing with friends and family.
Ismail A Awle , B.Pharm, Msc Clinical Pharmacy, MBA-HCM
National Vice Chairperson
Col (Dr) Awle, a founding member of HOPAK, served previously as chair of the organization and is still an active member where he serves in the senior committee. Dr Awle has served on several pharmacy committees such as the practice committee of Pharmacy and Poison Board (PPB), hospital practice committee of Pharmaceutical society of Kenya (PSK). He has also had responsibility at international level where he served as the vice president of Military and Emergency Pharmacist (MEPS) at FIP; he is still a member of MEPS and FIP.
Dr Awle is the chief pharmacist at Defense Forces Memorial Hospital, Nairobi. Dr Awle qualified with a bachelor of pharmacy from University of the Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan, a master’s of science in clinical pharmacy from the Queens University, Belfast, Ireland and an MBA in health care management from Strathmore University, Nairobi, Kenya.
He has recently been appointed to chair the National Quality control Laboratory, Kenya.
Dr. Bindi Tank
A Clinical Pharmacist with over 13 years’ experience in hospital pharmacy practice. She holds a Bachelors degree in pharmacy from Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, Bangalore, and a Masters in Clinical Pharmacy from Queen’s University, Belfast.
A Clinical Pharmacist at The Nairobi Hospital, Bindi currently is a systems analyst in the Hospital management information systems projects. Besides pharmaceutical activities, Bindi is a certified integrated management systems internal auditor involved in the initiative of maintaining high standards of quality.
On the professional front, Bindi is a member of the Pharmaceutical Society of Kenya (PSK) and holds the position of website administrator besides being a member of the Hospital Pharmacists association of Kenya (HOPAK).
When not practicing, Bindi is an avid traveler and her passions include Nature & outdoor activities, Art works, Photography, Yoga and Reading.