This policy brief arises from a study commissioned by the Scinnovent Centre and undertaken by ACTS under the auspices of the Science Granting Councils Initiative (SGCI). The study focused on building competitive and socially inclusive local pharmaceutical industries in West Africa and addressed five issues: affordability, human resources, research and development, intellectual property and technology transfer. This policy brief presents findings on the human resource situation for the pharmaceutical sector in West Africa. The policy brief explains the current situation and what can be in terms of training, linking with diaspora, collaboration and partnership with Asian countries and building synergy within ECOWAS to address the human resource requirements for the sector in West Africa.