February News Update

PharmAid Collection Date w/c 12th March 2018

Optimising medicines use for a healthier Commonwealth

PharmAid is our charitable scheme where older versions of BNFs are redistributed to some of the poorest nations in the world giving healthcare workers access to medicines information that they would otherwise be lacking.

We are pleased to announce that we will be working with AAH for our next PharmAid collection that will take place in the UK from 12th to 16th March - so hold onto your recent copies of the BNF and BNFc and we will be sending out further information shortly. If you would like to be on our mailing list to receive updates on future collections please send your contact details to

Books we will be accepting this year:

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Our PharmAid scheme depends on financial donations as well as books. It costs up to £4 to send one BNF to another Commonwealth country. The continuation of PharmAid relies on your support. We really appreciate any contribution you can make!

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Meet our Fellows

Here at the CPA we value those who have worked hard to support us and have created a new fellowship category in recognition. We are delighted to introduce our first ever CPA Fellows whose work has made an outstanding contribution to the progression of Pharmacy across the Commonwealth.

Read more about our Fellows here

Fellowship is obtained though a nomination process outlined in the following document. Those granted fellowship shall be referred to as a ‘Fellow of the CPA’, denoted by the post-nominals ‘FCPA’. 

If you would like to nominate someone for a CPA Fellowship please fill in the below form and email back to

The closing date for this year's application is 30th April 2018.

CPA Fellowship Guidelines

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We have reviewed our membership model and now that we are a charity we would like to give people a chance to support our work.
Become a supporter of the CPA here

Patrons category,

If you would like to become a patron to donate more regularly and be amongst the first to appear on our patrons wall, please email us at for further information.

Third International Day of Women & Girls in Science Forum

With the Commonwealth's work to advance gender equality and women’s empowerment, it was great to see our Trustee and Global Health Advisor, Oksana Pyzik, address the United Nations in New York at the third International Day of Women & Girls in Science (#IDWGS2018). Her message emphasises further the need for us to work together to empower women and girls in the workplace, and strive for gender equality.

The United Nations Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, opened the third Commemoration with a central theme of “Equality and Parity in Science for Peace and Development” which ran from February 8th – 11th. Oksana delivered a speech titled “Advancing Women in Science & Leadership” and in her call to action highlighted the growing gender gap in the areas of income and health: “Given the continued widening of the economic gender gap, it will now not be closed for another 217 years. With further statistics from the International Labour Organization, suggesting that closing the employment gender gap by 25% worldwide would boost global employment by 189 million - raising the global GDP by 3.9% or US $5.8 trillion by 2025, lifting hundreds of millions out of poverty.” 

Oksana concluded her speech with these powerful words: “Science has been one of the greatest liberators of women in history, and I believe ‘women in science’ will drive social change to topple the remaining inequalities and in doing so redefine the very nature of leadership itself.”

See official coverage of the speech by UN Web TV here
What's coming up...

8th March 2018

International Women's Day

For the second year, online panel discussions/conference with Inspirational Women in Pharmacy #IWDPharmacy will be held on #InternationalWomensDay 8 March 2018. 12:30 & 20:30 GMT, and will feature own Executive Director, Victoria Rutter and Adviser, Diane Ashiru-Oredope.

Find out more and register here.

12th March 2018

Commonwealth Big Lunches

From Commonwealth Day on 12th March to 22nd April, the Eden Project are inviting everyone to celebrate being part of the Commonwealth by hosting a Commonwealth Big Lunch.

Click here for more information

14th March 2018

East of England Global Health Conference:
Connecting academia and clinical practice
taking place at Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge

The CPA's adviser, Sarah Cavanagh, is involved in planning the programme for this half day conference with evening keynote speeches and a networking reception.

Sharing learning from global health activity in the era of the sustainable development goals.

A range of speakers engaging in discussion around health partnerships, global volunteering, the principles of co-development, academia and research.

The conference will encourage and enable more collaboration between clinicians and academics, and will launch the East of England Global Health Partnerships Network.

The afternoon panel discussions will be followed by an evening networking reception and keynote speeches.

Register for a ticket here.

16th March 2018

Fight the Fakes Event
in London in partnership with CPA and UCL School of Pharmacy

16th - 20th April 2018


The CPA have been busy working with the Commonwealth Health Professions Alliance (CHPA) to ensure that health is featured in the advocacy papers that civil society will be submitting to this meeting. We have been asking to see a particular focus on workforce development in line with projections developed by WHO and the World Bank that point to the need for 18 million additional health workers, primarily in low-resource settings, to attain high and effective coverage of the broad range of health services necessary to ensure healthy lives for all.
[WHO, Global Strategy on Human Resources for Health: Workforce 2030]

We are also hoping to encourage partnership working with governments on tackling AMR and falsified and substandard medicines. 

The CPA are working with the Commonwealth Health Professions Alliance (CHPA) on developing a health component to the People's Forum (16th-18th April). We will keep you updated of our progress.

FIP Glasgow 2018 - open for registration

We'd love to see you there - the CPA will be actively involved and we hope you will be too!

More details to follow!

Thank you for your support – we look forward to you being part of our ongoing journey – we think it is going to be a very exciting one!
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