Pharmacist Keturah C. Smith was appointed on the 21 October 2019 by the President of the Republic of Liberia as Managing Director of the Liberia Medicines and Health Products Regulatory Authority (LMHRA).
Pharmacist Smith, before her present appointment, served as a pharmacist with various institutions, both in and out of Liberia, including the John F. Kennedy Medical Center as Hospital Pharmacist, Liberia; Database Manager for the Ebola Task Force for the Ministry of Health, Liberia; Young Professional Intern Program in Burkina Faso; Marie Stopes International, Sierra Leone as Senior Sales Representative; and Deputy Pharmacist with the Malaria Control Program (MCP) and Supply Chain Management Unit. She also served as Biology and General Science instructor with the JJ Roberts United Methodist School in Monrovia; mentoring young Liberians towards the Sciences.
She earned her B.Pharm degree from the School of Pharmacy, University of Liberia; preceded by a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology from the University of Liberia, Faculty of Natural Sciences. She obtained WAEC/SSCE from the Caleb International College, Lagos, Nigeria. Pharmacist Smith also received modular training with the West Africa Health Organization (WAHO) in Bobo Dioulasso, Burkina Faso in Public Health, Management and Leadership, French Language and Cartography (mapping). She is a candidate for MPH (Masters in Public Health), with emphasis in Epidemiology, from the Cuttington Graduate School and Professional Studies, Monrovia, Liberia. Pharm. Smith is a candidate in the postgraduate college Part 1 training in Clinical Pharmacy, with emphasis in Internal Medicine (WAPCP Candidate) with the West African Postgraduate College of Pharmacy. Her academic publication: Smith KC, Kolawole JA and Paye DP (2015), Posology in children oral liquid medication studies in Liberia, International Journal of Biological and Chemistry Science 9(1):176-185.
Pharm. Smith’s professional objectives are: to effectively contribute impeccable service towards the realization of the mission and vision of the pharmaceutical workforce through commitment, teamwork, timeliness, and due process in developing and supporting excellent pharmaceutical services in Liberia, Africa and the world at large.
This visionary, within eight (8) months of her incumbency as Managing Director of the LMHRA has brought great transformation and improvement to the regulatory body; including the construction of a sub-office in Careysburg, Montserrado, to temporarily house the QC Lab. Construction of an international standard QC Lab will be underway within weeks.