Pharmacy Dispenser Internship Program (Uganda)



Kampala, Uganda
Posted on Friday, March 1, 2024

At mPharma, our vision is an Africa that's in good health. We will not cease until every person on the continent has access to safe and affordable healthcare and medicines. We’re a growing team of 600+ employees, headquartered in Accra, Ghana, and backed by mission-driven investors. We use technology to enable basic primary healthcare to Africans and have joined hands with drug manufacturers and healthcare providers to develop services and products that help provide access to basic healthcare and lower the costs of medicines. In only a few years, we’ve succeeded in providing low-cost, high-quality healthcare and medicines to hundreds of thousands of patients across 9 African countries (Ethiopia, Gabon, Togo, Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda, and Zambia).

Founded in 1999, Vine Pharmaceuticals is a subsidiary of mPharma. As the leading referral retail pharmaceutical chain in Uganda with over 16 branches, we are a well-established and reputable pharmaceutical company with a commitment to ethical values, quality products, and a strong presence in Uganda's healthcare landscape.


The Pharmacy Dispenser Internship Program (DIP) is a 3-month internship program that offers aspiring pharmacy dispenser proffesionals hands-on experience and a solid foundation in the field of retail pharmacy. Each trainee will be matched to a manager and a mentor throughout the program. Our interns will have the unique opportunity to learn and apply skills in various facets of pharmacy operations, from dispensing medications to customer service and clinical pharmacy services.

Key Responsibilities

  • Support dispensers in daily tasks such as dispensing medications, managing inventory, and providing patient counseling.
  • Prepare and dispense prescription medications accurately following established protocols and under the guidance of the Dispenser.
  • Provide medication counseling to patients, including instructions on proper dosage, administration, and potential side effects.
  • Assist in reconciling medication lists to ensure accuracy and continuity of care for patients transitioning between healthcare settings.
  • Receive, review, and bill prescription orders through the pharmacy system, ensuring completeness and accuracy of information.
  • Learn to dispense supplements and other non medicines in the pharmacy.
  • Assist in managing pharmacy inventory, including ordering, receiving, and restocking medications and supplies to ensure availability and minimize waste.
  • Educate patients on medication adherence, proper use of medical devices (e.g., inhalers, insulin pens), and lifestyle modifications to support their overall health and well-being.
  • Ensure the safety of Inventory from the elements of wastage such as expiry/theft.
  • Maintain accurate and up-to-date patient records.

Our Ideal Candidate

  • Adept at working in a fast-paced and dynamic environment.
  • Possesses strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Demonstrates excellent attention to detail and organizational abilities.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Excel and other relevant software.
  • Effective written and verbal communication skills.
  • Has the ability to work independently and collaborate with cross-functional teams.


  • A recent Certificate or Diploma in Nursing, Pharmacy, and Clinical Medicine.
  • Fluent in the English Language.
  • Must have the legal right to live and work in Uganda.
  • Must live within Kampala.
  • Not more than 2 years of years of relevant experience.

Why should you apply?

  • Work in an agile environment to deliver innovative healthcare value.
  • Opportunity for full-time job placement.
  • Work in a multicultural and fast-changing environment.
  • Gain invaluable relevant experience in healthcare technology and pharmaceutical service delivery.
  • Access to premium learning resources.
  • Access to on-the-job training and mentorship.
  • On-the-job career coaching.
  • Monthly stipend.
  • Certificate of achievement.

Note: This is a 3-month contract internship program.