IPSF has accomplished so much this year! Our team works hard every day to constantly provide new opportunities for our members, form new professional relationships, and grow the Federation. While it would be impossible to include every single success of the Federation, let’s take a look back at some of the most significant events for IPSF in 2016.
Student Exchange Programme
“All journeys have secret destinations. Embark yourself in a lifetime adventure!”
The year of 2016 has been a successful one for the Student Exchange Programme. Student Exchange Committee (SEC) members and SEOs worked very hard to improve the programme and to bring meaningful changes that would be of benefit to both students and hosts that wanted to be part of the exchange.
“If you want something in your life you have never had, you have to do something you’ve never done.”
In 2016, an approximate number of 15 new associations from all IPSF regions have joined SEP, some of them reaching quite an impressive popularity amongst students in a very short time. In total, more than 800 participants have decided to embark on this adventure and explore the culture, tradition, and SEP spirit of another country, whether it was one from their own region or from a foreign one.
2016 has also brought new changes in terms of SEP promotion. Several contests were released throughout the whole year on different social platforms (Instagram, Facebook), each one having more than 150 posts. The SEP Digest, the official SEP newsletter, containing useful information for SEOs was issued monthly. Important to mention is also the SEP spotlight (promotion of SEP from different countries), which was successfully moved to the SEP homepage, being thus more accessible to the public. SEOs have been introduced to everyone on the SEP Team by video, which can be found on the IPSF youtube page. In the last part of the year, a SEP Cultural Awareness Guide was distributed to the students, in order to make it easier for them to integrate into the culture of their country of choice, and to ease a potential cultural shock that might occur during their exchange.
Even though SEP is a programme in which students have to fund the expenses themselves, the IPSF Development Fund has managed to offer 8 different grants to those who needed assistance in order to be able to enjoy this experience to the fullest. The grants were classified into two categories, for short and long distance traveling, making sure that a much wider variety of applicants could be awarded grant funding.
Another aspect which was meaningful this year was the communication; between SEOs and SEC, and also between the members of SEC. The SEC in-person meeting was held in Ljubljiana, Slovenia, in March 2016, in which 6 members of SEC participated. This has proven to be a key contributor for making the team more bound and for creating friendships between the members of the team. We have managed to get to know each other, thus being able to work more efficiently and become more productive, because we have an understanding of each other’s way of working, thinking, and coping with problems. Regarding the communication between SEOs and members of SEC, three SEO meetings were held via an online platform, in which SEOs had the opportunity to ask questions, clarify their concerns, and ask for help from SEC and from the other SEO fellows. Moreover, five SEO trainings were held, covering various topics;, from organizing the selection process of SEP, to dealing with the promotional part of the programme, by sharing tips and tricks on ways to attract more students/hosts, or by learning to organize and plan a good exchange for the incoming students. Also, two handover trainings were implemented in this SEP year to help SEOs at the beginning of their mandates to learn everything that is important in SEP and to make their work easier. In October, the new SEC was chosen, and the new SEC in-person meeting was held in December 2016 in den Haag to maintain great communication become more bonded within the team. The meeting has brought a lot of ideas for SEPdevelopment that will be implemented at the beginning of 2017.
“Explore. Dream. Discover”
One last notable accomplishment is that together with the SEOs, the SEC Team has managed to go through all of the SEP regulations, revise them, and bring the necessary changes, so that the programme can have a good structural foundation for years to come.
All in all, 2016 has been quite stressful year for SEP, as many things have been planned and organized, but in the end, all the effort and work of the SEOs and SEC is already starting to pay off, as more and more organizations have decided to join SEP, more and more students have decided to take up the chance of exploring the beauty of such a challenging programme, one that brings emotions and adventures, that otherwise, one might not experience.
For more information about the Student Exchange Programme, please visit sep.ipsf.org
The IPSF Professional Development team has worked effortlessly in 2016 to ensure pharmacy students and recent graduates have access to education and training opportunities in order to improve and develop their professional knowledge, skill, competence and effectiveness as future pharmacists.
The following highlights the major achievements of the PD portfolio in the year 2016.
- Incorporation of a Professional Development section in the IPSF Newsletter published annually
- Organization of an Online Patient Counselling Event for IPSF members. For more details, please view the complete report.
- Inclusion of a Crazy Clinical Corner in the PD section of the IPSF Newsletter, as well as a clinical case posted on IPSF Facebook page monthly started in October, 2016.
- Establishment of partnership with Professional Compounding Centers of America (PCCA) as a sponsor for IPSF compounding events at World Congress and Regional Symposia
- Establishment of partnership with Phi Lambda Sigma (PLS) as a sponsor for the Leaders-In-Training at IPSF World Congresses
- Successful organization of a Trainers Development Camp (TDC) in two regions: AfRO and EuRO
- PD events organized at IPSF events
- Clinical Skills Event and PCE at PARS 2016
- Compounding Event at AfPS 2016
- as well as external events
- Patient Counseling Event workshop at EPSA Autumn Assembly in Cluj-Napoca
- Patient Counseling Event workshop at ANEPF General Assembly in France
- We have launched 2 new global research projects, one of which is a collaboration with Wolters Kluwer. We are also in development of another research initiative on pharmacy education of which the survey is not yet finalized.
- We have completed 2 Pharmacy Education Newsletters (PENs) and are working currently to gather articles for Phuture, which is set to be published after World Congress this year.
- We have offered the following internships this year: WHO, FIP, FIPed (paid internship), IFPMA. We have two new upcoming internships: A4HP and Egyptian Children’s Hospital
- In addition, two new programs are under development: Graduate Internship Program and remote internships.
- Programming – external:
- PE Portfolio submitted 4 session proposals for FIP 2017, all of which were accepted. IPSF is leading two of the sessions and is co-organizer on the other two.
- Programming – World Congress:
- PE portfolio and the World Congress RC have been working together to create an engaging panel of speakers for the Educational and Scientific Symposia. PE is also organizing 3 workshops for World Congress. The poster competition has had a very high turnout rate this year.
- Programming- Educational opportunities:
- This year we piloted an international journal club, have began developing educational material for PEC training and capacity building, and have begun initial discussion with FIPEd about starting a mentorship program.
- Advocacy and Policy:
- We have provided consultation on 2 of the pre-statements for the Global Conference on Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Education and are collecting feedback from CPs on the Professional Statements in order to synthesize the comments and submit a collective student voice to FIPEd. It is vital that the student perspective be heard, and PE’s role is to advocate for student needs on a global level among leaders and policymakers; this is what we are preparing and building up for in November.
365 Day Public Health
IPSF Public Health activities aim to educate the public and pharmaceutical students about communicable and non-communicable diseases, spread information about safe handling of medicines and promote rational use of antibiotics to fight antimicrobial resistance. IPSF, through its activities and programs, aims to produce pharmaceutical professions equipped to deal with the public health challenges of the future.
Some of Public Health and Humanitarian activities that have been conducted by IPSF member associations between 2015-16:
- The Vampire Cup Campaign: The Vampire Cup is an international blood donation competition among all the IPSF associations. Between October 2015 and June 2016, IPSF raised 6194 units of blood through blood drives conducted by member associations worldwide.
- Diabetes and Healthy Living Campaign: different IPSF member associations took part of the cardio competition , through which they screened patients, Incited the public to join a physical activity they organized, tested glycemic index and blood pressure, and calculated the BMI.
- Inter-Regional Humanitarian Campaign: consisted of collecting donations which were transferred to Zimbabwe via the World Congress participants of each association. The donations were given to an Orphanage in Harare. The items collected varied between education items and hygiene items.
- Movember: Members of IPSF took part of the Movember to raise awareness about men’s health. Online and offline campaigns have been planned to spread the information.
- AMR Week: The International Pharmaceutical Students’ Federation (IPSF), The International Federation of Medical Students’ Association (IFMSA) and the International Veterinary Students’ Association (IVSA) joined efforts and actions for another year against Antimicrobial Resistance.
- Delegation to WHA: IPSF had 30 delegates present at the WHA, who voiced a student opinion on health
care policies and public health advocacy. The team attended Plenary sessions, Committee A and Committee B meetings, and side events to discuss agendas such as public health topics, the policies of the WHO and financial policies. Our delegates were fully committed to represent IPSF and make our student voice heard on an international level. IPSF encourages engaging youth, and more specifically pharmacy students and young graduates, in public policies and decision making. A delegation of IPSF members takes part every year in the World Health Assembly, where they observe closely and participate in writing public health statements and policies.
For more information about IPSF public health, please contact Ms Sabrine Chengane – Chairperson of Public Health, at email@example.com.
Media and Publications
The Media and Publications portfolio has made big changes to its structure for the 2016-2017 mandate. Multiple coordinator positions have been added and the committees have been restructured so as to improve workflow as well as delegation of tasks and responsibilities. The new coordinator positions added include Social Media Coordinator, Branding and Marketing Coordinator, Merchandise Manager, and IT Manager, and retention of the Editor-in-Chief, many of whom have working committees. Because of this, both the quality and quantity of designs and publications have improved, and IPSF has increased its reach by over 5600 followers across our social media platforms. We look very forward to continued improvement in the new year!
African Regional Office
The African Regional Office is growing, 2016 end with the addition of new member organizations A.E.P. -Mali, Mali; AEPHAT, Togo; C.E.Pharma, Burkina Faso; UNZAPHARMSA, Zambia; UPSA, Uganda.
The 5th African Pharmaceutical Symposium took us to the majestic Indian Ocean beach in Mombasa, Kenya. It was a memorable event, better than all past AfPS, a true sign that the region is growing and raised the bar so high for the next AfPS, heading to west Africa for the first time, In Ghana for 2017 and Nigeria for 2018. It is may be an opportunity for AfRO Members to settle the best Jollof Rice conflict (google that) as we also explore and exchange on Pharmacy Practice from a west African perspective.
Project-wise, AfRO has never been this active. Beautiful Beyond Color, an anti-skin bleaching campaign created with an aim to create awareness of harmful effects of skin bleaching. It was carried for over 4 weeks with different online approaches to aware Pharmacy students and the public. The campaign on Concomitant use Herbal or Conventional Medicine was to educate the general public about harmful use of two different types of drugs, particularly herbal and conventional medicine concomitantly. RPSA, Rwanda hosted the 1st Trainers’ Development Camp in AfRO to address the shortage of certified trainers. RPSA, Rwanda spearheaded the 2015-2016 AfRO Focus Project, the Pharmacy Profession Awareness Campaign which consisted of outreach PPAC Campaigns in high schools around Rwanda.
The revamped website of AfRO was transformed into a platform for achievers in the region to share their inspiring stories of what each is doing in their association.
Asia Pacific Regional Office
- This year, APRO welcomed to the region one new Full Member Organization, NZAPS-O, New Zealand, and three new Members in Association: Pakistan Pharmaceutical Students’ Federation (PPHSF), Pakistan; Manipal University Association of Pharmacy Students (MAPS), India; and Junior Philippine Pharmacists Association- Pi Chapter (JPPhA-Pi), Philippines.
- APPS 2016 took place in Seoul, South Korea
- 15th APPS Celebration in 2016: Earlier this year, a discussion began within the RWG as to what was to be done to celebrate the 15th anniversary of APPS in Korea. After much discussion, it was decided to go forward with doing an APPS presentation during the Opening Ceremony describing the history of APPS, handing out a pamphlet with pictures and information on various APPS events held in the past as well as holding an IPSF alumni dinner during APPS 2016 with attendance from past IPSF members.
- Public Health Show: Continuing workshop during APPS to share and exchange ideas between member associations and to share their most successful public health campaign.
- IPSF APRO Good Pharmacy Practice Education (GPPed) Event, 8th-11th July 2016
- The IPSF APRO GPPed event that commenced in 2014 is being held in Taipei, Taiwan for the third time in collaboration with IPSF APRO, FAPA and the YPG of Taiwan. We created a workshop that our member associations could utilise. In June 2016, APRO contacted by Dora Lee who mentioned that there was interest from FAPA and YPG Taiwan to host the event and to go forth with the program in such a short period of time, support from IPSF APRO was required. Due to the hard work and commitment of FAPA, YPG Taiwan, and the RWG, the event was held this year with participation of 12 people from all over the region. IPSF APRO was responsible for promotion and registration of the participants and my responsibility, in particular, was to oversee the organisation of the event and facilitate communication between the organisation team. the was coordinated primarily by PSA-Taiwan and APRO RPO, while being supervised by APRO Chairperson.
- IPSF APRO Public Health “Street” Campaigns
- One of the main goals for the year that our team spent a lot of time focusing our efforts on, was the introduction of the IPSF APRO Public Health “Street” Campaigns. From the evaluation of our work in the public health sector, we, as the RWG, came to the conclusion that most of our public health campaigns were social media based and therefore not reaching the targets they should be which ultimately deemed them ineffective. As a result, we decided to conduct three main public health campaigns that were based on topics that applied to every association within APRO and would be implemented by the members of the associations in public. The themes that were chosen by the CPs were Antimicrobial Resistance, Anti-Tobacco and Diabetes to be held during the month of January, May and September respectively.
- As this was a new project to APRO, we were initially unsure of the result of these campaigns and whether they would be successful in achieving our aim. Based on the feedback from our CPs and the photos that were shared with our team, and everyone within the region through the use of social media platforms, it has proven to us that this project has made our hard work all worthwhile.
- Not only did it increase awareness of these health issues within local communities, but it also allowed our members to utilise their skills in creativity and work together to achieve a common aim which are the principles on which the foundation of our region is based upon. I hope to see the continuation, and improvement and involvement, of this project in the future years to come.
- (IPW) – Bali, Indonesia (8th-10th of January, 2016).
- This newly founded event was hosted by ISMAFARSI, Indonesia and supported by IPSF and saw the participation of over 150 participants in a three day event which held counseling and poster competitions and lectures on the theme of “herbal and marine pharmacy”. The event was attended by the RRO, Peter Lin, who went on behalf of IPSF to support the event and inform students about the work of our Federation. We commend ISMAFARSI on their proactivity and hard efforts in hosting this successful event and we hope to see IPW held in the future once again.
Eastern Mediterranean Regional Office
1 – One new Full Member and One new MiA in EMRO :
- LPSA, Lebanon (Lebanese Pharmacy Students’ Association) has become an IPSF full member during the General Assembly of the 62nd IPSF World Congress in Harare,Zimbabwe.It should be noted that LPSA was founded in 2013 and has been voted by the General Assembly in 2014 to become a member in Association at IPSF.
- DPCSU, UAE (Dubai Pharmacy College Students’ Union) has joined IPSF as a Member in Association (MiA) during the General Assembly of the 62nd IPSF World Congress in Harare , Zimbabwe.
2 – Two IPSF awards (For associations) :
- ARPEC,Algeria (Association de la Recherche Pharmaceutique et de l’Enrichissement des Connaissances) received the Otto Focking Award for the best new organization in IPSF during the 62nd IPSF World Congress in Harare , Zimbabwe.It should be noted that ARPEC has joined IPSF as a Member In Association during the 61st IPSF World Congress in Hyderabad , India
- ASEPA, Algeria (Association Scientifique des Etudiants en Pharmacie) was announced to be the winner of the IPSF Cardiology Competition in 2016.
- ASEPA was founded in 2009 and hosted the 1st AfPS (African Pharmaceutical Symposium) in 2012 before becoming part of EMRO in 2014.
3 – One title :
- IPSF’s Most Creative SEO for 2016 is Mahmoud Taher, who is the SEO of EPSF, Egypt.
- EMRO also recognized associations and members:
- Best EMRO CP: Fadoua Boumerzoug, ARPEC, Algeria
- Best EMRO SEO: Bilal Al Aaarg, JPSA, Jordan
- Best EMRO Association: ASEPA, Algeria
4 – Two IPSF awards (for members):
- Omar Badr (EPSF, Egypt) was the winner of PCE (Patient Counseling Event) Competition during the 62nd IPSF World Congress in Harare, Zimbabwe.
- Shams Tarek (ASPSA, Egypt) was the winner of the CE (Compounding Event) Beginner Competition during the 62nd IPSF World Congress in Harare, Zimbabwe.
5 – 1st IPSF TDC (Trainers’ Development Camp) in EMRO :
- In 2016 , IPSF EMRO released a call to host the 1st IPSF TDC in EMRO. ATEP, Tunisia (Association Tunisienne des Etudiants en Pharmacie) has been chosen to be the host of the event that will take place in March 2017.
6- Voting on the hosts of EMPS 2017 and EMPS 2018 :
- During the 7th Regional Assembly in Cairo, Egypt, IPSF EMRO Official Delegates have voted on the 2 hosts for the next 2 EMPSs
- The 6th EMPS to be hosted for the first time by KPSS, Kuwait
- the 7th by JPSA, Jordan, who will be hosting EMPS for the 2nd time (after hosting the 1st EMPS in 2008).
7- IPSF CE Grant :
- ATEP, Tunisia won the IPSF CE (Compounding Event) grant for this year, which the first grant to be offered by the IPSF Development Fund committee for this mandate.
8-Collaboration with WHO EMRO on a PH project :
- IPSF EMRO collaborated for the first time with WHO EMRO on the HIV campaign under the slogan ‘Dignity Above All’
- This campaign was extended to be an inter-regional project with the rest of the IPSF Regional Offices
- The initiative came from EMRO RPO (Jinane Ghattas) to unite all RPOs together with the IPSF Chairperson of Public Health in a video raising awareness about discrimination and Stigma in HIV.
European Regional Office
EuRO has made humongous strides this year in policy, professional development, and professional relations:
- First statement published by an IPSF Regional Office, on the ocassion of the 10th European Patients’ Rights Day on May 4th, 2016.
- First Trainers Development Camp since EuRO’s establishment held in July 2016, in Prague, Czech Republic, organized by CzPSA Czech Republic, providing IPSF with a new generation of TDC Graduates to once day become Federation’s trainers.
- Following the 3rd EuRO Regional Assembly in Harare, Zimbabwe, during the 62nd IPSF World Congress, the position of a Secretary was opened within the EuRO Regional Working Group, improving the organisation and management of regional official documentation.
- Between the 17th and the 20th of November 2016, EuRO represented IPSF at the IFISO Autumn Meeting in Lisbon, organised by AEFFUL Portugal. This was the first time IPSF was present at an IFISO meeting since 2014, reviving our involvement with various International Student Organisations.
- Such global interaction with knowledgeable individuals, each of them in a specific field with clear opinions on discussed topics, will certainly contribute to IPSF’s growth.
- Between the 12th and the 15th of December 2016, EuRO represented IPSF at the Universal Health Coverage 2030 Meeting and the following High-Level Ministerial Meeting on Health Employment and Economic Growth in Geneva, Switzerland. The meetings were focused on collaborative work in reaching the Universal Health Coverage 2030 agenda and on launching a five-year action plan to transform the workforce, respectively. As Students Today – Pharmacists Tomorrow, IPSF has an important role to play in advocating for these improvements to the best of its ability.
- In 2016, as well as through 2017, EuRO has and will, together with its members, investigate the possibility of a EuRO Annual Meeting, as mandated by the members at the Regional Assembly in Hyderabad, India, 2015, following a motion by the Regional Working Group at the time.
Pan American Regional Office
1. IPSF PARO Newsletter, Issue 3:
- The third edition of our newsletter consisted of article from pharmacy students from across the region from the PARO Regional Working Group and subcommittees as well as current and future member associations. Filled with a variety of photographs and topics, this issue of the newsletter was a compelling reflection of the region’s achievements over the past year.
2. World Pharmacists Day Campaign:
- For World Pharmacists Day, which took place on September 25, IPSF PARO released a series of daily publications for one week to countdown to this day. Each post was based on the qualities of the “Seven-Star Pharmacist” concept designed by the World Health Organization and aimed to inspire student pharmacists to become seven-star pharmacists themselves!
3. First Professional Development Events at PARS, Colombia:
- First Professional Development Events at PARS: In June 2016, we held our very first Patient Counseling Event and Clinical Skills Events at the 10th Pan American Regional Symposium (PARS) in Baranquilla, Colombia. Participating delegates were tasked with a specific case and were required to put into practice their patient interview skills as well as their clinical and communication abilities all the while being assessed by a panel of judges – a great opportunity for the delegates’ professional development!
4. REDSAF and IPSF Collaboration:
- The Red Sudamericana de Atención Farmacéutica (REDSAF) is an academic initiative
established in 2006, offering a communication platform for researchers, students and health professionals in the South American region and promoting thus, development and implementation of their projects. Their mission is to lead research activities and provide training in pharmaceutical care. In August IPSF sign a collaboration that would provide pharmacy students a platform to develop academic, cultural, and scientific relations by providing a virtual space by which information can be shared with pharmacy students who are part of IPSF.
5. Monthly Bulletins:
- Every month, PARO Contact Persons now receive a Monthly Bulletin which consists of a brief summary of the Regional Working Group’s monthly meeting as well as the monthly updates of each of the Regional Officers. Monthly Bulletins inform member organizations of the past achievements and current and future projects of their RWG, and they represent a transparent channel of communication for members to ask questions and contribute to the projects of the region.
6. New Member in Association:
- 2016 was a year of growth for the Pan American Region. During the 62nd General Assembly TOFARMEX, Mexico and AGEQF-BO, El Salvador joined the IPSF team. Both associations show passion and drive to more our profession forward and to help their students develop cultural and interprofessional skills the way only IPSF members can. We are very excited for our two newest organizations and can’t wait to their future projects and developments.
7. 64th IPSF World Congress Host:
- During the 62nd IPSF General Assembly, AEFRA, Argentina won the bid for the host of the 64th IPSF World Congress to be held in Mendoza, Argentina. Their dedication and hard work will assuredly prepare them to welcome pharmacy students from across the world to the Americas in 2018!
62nd IPSF World Congress 2016
29 July – 8 August, Harare, Zimbabwe
The Congress is the main event of the Federation, it is the opportunity to get really close to the federation and get a different perspective of it, regardless of prior involvement at a local level. The congress is a platform to exchange and learn about pharmacy practice on a global scale. It is always filled with energy when friends from all the corners of the globe meet again or make new friends and get a home away from home.
The Congress in Zimbabwe, the first in AfRO after nearly 20 years, was such an enriching event as we got to discover pharmacy practice in a different perspective. An opportunity to experience the rich culture of Zimbabwe as well as of all those countries represented at the Congress.
These are exciting times for the federation as we are doing a world tour for our congresses, after Portugal, India, Zimbabwe, gearing up for Taiwan this coming 2017 and Argentina in 2018. What a time to be part of IPSF.
FIPEd Global Conference on Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Education
7 – 8 November, Nianjing, China
“I attended the first ever FIPEd Global Conference on Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Education in Nanjing, China on November 7th and 8th, 2016. I first heard about this event during two workshops that were held at IPSF’s World Congress in Zimbabwe this year, and the idea of a global vision for pharmacy education inspired me to find a way to be present for this historical occasion. Both Israel Bimpe (IPSF President), and Whitley Yi (IPSF Pharmacy Education Research Coordinator) were also in attendance representing IPSF among many global leaders in pharmacy education. As students, we were able to lend a unique perspective, and many participants were encouraged to see that students are invested in shaping our education.” – Louisa Sullivan, APhA-ASP, USA, IPSF Education Advocacy Coordinator.
The goal of this conference was to adopt a set of statements that will serve as a roadmap for improving education and training for pharmacists and pharmaceutical scientists. The first day of the conference was spent in discussion about the future of both education and workforce needs for pharmacy and pharmaceutical sciences, and it ended with delegates representing 46 countries voting on the Nanjing Statements, including four statements that were directly quoted from suggestions that IPSF made to FIP. The second day was spent in workshops that allowed educators to discuss ways to implement many of the Workforce Development Goals and statements that had been discussed and voted on during the first day. This conference was a wonderful opportunity for IPSF to make an impact on the future of pharmacy education, and I am excited to see what else we can do in the future with more input from our members and member organisations.
In engaging and committing to attend the global conference on pharmacy and pharmaceutical sciences education, IPSF had an aim to ascertain that the student voice was heard and was taken into consideration and made a priority in all aspects of the conference. Note that IPSF serves as Observer on the Executive Committee for FIPed.
IPSF submitted two rounds of consultation (internal and public consultation) on the Global Vision and Workforce Development goals. IPSF was invited by FIP to contribute to the public consultation of the Professional Statements of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Education and late August we submitted our comments; most of them were included in official documents released by IPSF. During the Global Conference, the statement on behalf of IPSF members at the end of conference sessions was a call for quick action in a goal-directed effort to increase capacity in healthcare landscape that changes quickly so that students prepared today do not find gaps in their education by the time of graduation. This need to take into consideration the fact that changes in curricula can be very slow while changes in technology and global healthcare are not.
Universal Health Coverage (UHC) 2030 Meeting and the High-Level Ministerial Meeting on Health Employment and Economic Growth (HEEG) “From Recommendation to Action”
12 – 15 December 2016, Geneva, Switzerland
IPSF received the great honour of being invited to the above mentioned events, held in Geneva, Switzerland in mid-December. The representative for IPSF was Mr Luka Šrot, IPSF Chairperson of the European Regional Office.
The meeting on UHC 2030, held on the 12th and 13th of December comes as a result of the International Health Partnership (IHP+) transforming into IHP for UHC 2030 and the integration of UHC in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).
Meant to incite a fruitful exchange between various stakeholders, the meeting served as a platform to build a vision for the health system strengthening. Apart from the plenary sessions, side meetings on various partnerships and initiatives also took place. The most important initiative for IPSF is the Global Health Workforce Network (GHWN) that will formally launch in early 2017 and is to be integrated into WHO activities. Its aim is to aid the necessary transformation of the health workforce to follow the UHC 2030 Agenda. The number one priority activity of the GHWN in the 2016-2018 plan is “Competency and performance standards linking SDGs 3 (health and well-being) and 4 (education and lifelong learning)”, where there is a lot of place for improvements. As a federation of students, the education component is very close to us and opens a lot of possibilities for our involvement.
The High-Level Ministerial Meeting was called by the Commission on HEEG, the appointment of which was announced by the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on March 2nd, 2016. In its report, the Commission laid out ten recommendations and five immediate actions, serving to transform the health workforce in accordance with SDGs. As a result, a five-year action plan was developed jointly by the International Labour Organisation (ILO), Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), and WHO in order to help member states achieve these recommendations.
Throughout the 14th and the 15th of December several roundtables were held on topics pertaining to various health systems. On the roundtable of ”Galvanizing accountability, commitment and advocacy”, a question was posed by the IPSF representative on what role do (pharmacy) students have to play in the global advocacy agenda in relation to health employment and economic growth, and, referring to the GHWN number one priority activity, how can we become involved with the transformative process in the field of education of health workers. Main takeaway message is increased involvement in youth platforms, such as the European Youth Forum and other relevant ones. The GHWN 2-year plan, put forward through four strategic objectives and seven priority activities, aims to have all involved stakeholders follow the common objectives from the sectors they represent. The meeting was closed with statements of commitment to the action plan by several member states and NGOs.
2016 International conference of Non-Governmental Organizations
12 – 14 December 2016, Paris, France
This year, IPSF received the great honor of being represented by Meryam Hassine (IPSF EMRO Chairperson ), Jessica Rodiles (IPSF PARO Chairperson), and Barbara Scoralick Villela (IPSF Advisory Board member) during the 2016 International Conference of Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) that took place at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, France from 12 to 14 December 2016.
It is important to note that this conference brings together all NGOs in official partnership with UNESCO every two years, during which NGO partners meet and hold discussions in order to facilitate cooperation between organizations sharing common interests.
The 2016 conference was under the theme “The challenge of the digital revolution for NGOs.” The programme of the conference included an official opening ceremony and multiple presentations by different guests, as well as the elections of the new Chairperson for the conference and a new NGO-UNESCO Liaison Committee, which is composed of 10 NGO partners representing all regions of the world.
This conference was an opportunity for IPSF representatives to get familiar with the UNESCO structure and process of elections, to promote IPSF to the NGOs present in the conference and to talk to many NGOs representatives about possible collaboration with IPSF.
Development Fund Auction
The Auction Night held at the 62nd IPSF World Congress was the most successful in recent history. Items from member countries such as Canada, Austria, Argentina and many more brought in a total of over $5200 USD. All proceeds from the Auction night go toward the Development Fund to help members of our Federation overcome financial hardship to take full advantage of everything IPSF has to offer!
PCCA Compounding Event
IPSF was very grateful to receive support from PCCA earlier this year to allow us to host a number of compounding competitions for our members. The support from PCCA allowed for an expansion of the Compounding Event planned for the 62nd IPSF World Congress in Harare, Zimbabwe and allowed for the hosting of a Compounding Event at the African Regional Symposium in Mombasa, K enya. We were also able to provide a grant for our member organisation, ATEP, Tunisia, to host their own compounding event.
Development Fund Grants
2016 was a very successful year for the Development Fund. We were able to provide financial assistance to our members wishing to attend all major IPSF events including: the World Congress in Harare, Zimbabwe, AfPS in Mombasa, Kenya, APPS in Seoul, Korea, EMPS in Cairo, Egypt and PARS in Barranquilla, Colombia. We were also able to provide grants for members wishing to participate in SEP and organise public health campaigns at their local organisations.
A big thank you to all our sponsors and supporters throughout 2016. Your contributions allow us to help deepen and enrich the experiences of the pharmacists of tomorrow. All the best for 2017, Viva la IPSF! Viva la Pharmacy!