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Mahamé Stéphanie

PhD student in Sociology, EHESS / University of Abomey-Calavi (UAC)

Doctoral Training "Health, Populations and Social Policies" (SPPS)

Funded by the IRD (research grants for a thesis in the South)

Contact: stephanie.mahame(at)ird.fr |stephaniemahame(at)yahoo.fr

 

Dissertation title: Pharmaceutical Representatives in Benin, Profession and Market

Under the supervision of Maurice Cassier (Cermes3), co-directed by Adolphe Kpatchavi (UAC) and Carine Baxerres (IRD, Merit)

After a master's degree in sociology on the public offer of health services at the local level, she completed from 2014 to 2016 a DEA at the University of Abomey-Calavi as part of the GLOBALMED research program. Her DEA dissertation is entitled "The formal wholesale distribution of pharmaceuticals in Benin: the structuration of a local offer in a global context".

Her thesis is part of this work and aims to explore the construction of the supply of drugs from the study of pharmaceutical representatives of firms and distribution agencies that act for them in Benin. Its survey sites are located in Benin and Ivory Coast and possibly in France where she intends to interview the production and distribution companies active in Africa.

Summary of the thesis

The industrial pharmaceuticals in Africa raises questions about both pharmaceutical policies, distribution networks and strategies for setting up firms. Although the first two aspects are studied in the social sciences, the pharmaceutical industry and its activities on the continent have been studied very little. According to some authors, this industry would voluntarily maintain a veil over its sales services, one of the essential links is carried by the pharmaceutical representatives. They are involved in the promotion but also in the pharmaceutical distribution. It is important today, in the context of globalization, to carry out an anthropological study on the activities actually carried out by this profession and on their consequences in the social construction of pharmaceuticals markets in Africa. This study is conducted in Benin but with a perspective of the situation of Côte d'Ivoire.

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