January News Update

Happy New Year from all of us at the CPA!

We are very excited about our plans for 2018 and are currently working hard on our new strategic plan, the vision for our work up to 2020 and beyond. Our new plan is based on the discussions from the CPAbs council meeting in Sydney in July 2017. The focus of our work will continue to be around better access to and improved use of quality medicines to improve the health and wellbeing of the Commonwealth nations. There are three streams to our 2020 vision (education, regulation and collaboration), and within this we see extensive opportunities for partnership working.

Congratulations to our partners CASPPER

on their latest publication supporting the benefits of clinical pharmacists in lower resource settings

CASPPER's (Collaboration of Sri Lankans and Australians in Pharmacy Practice Education and Research) latest publication, a non-randomised controlled clinical trial investigating the impact of clinical ward pharmacists on the treatment of patients with non-communicable diseases in Sri Lanka, is now available here.

The study demonstrated that a ward-based clinical pharmacy service significantly improved appropriate prescribing, reduced drug-related problems and readmissions for patients with non-communicable diseases. This adds to the accumulating evidence bank relating to the benefits of developing clinical pharmacy services in less resource rich settings.

Such data is invaluable when building business cases for investment in ward-based clinical pharmacy services and we hope this study will also encourage our members to create their own local data to support the case for the development of the profession in their own countries for the benefit of patients.

PharmAid 2018

We are pleased to announce that we are in the final stages of talks with our distribution partner to firm up the details for 2018 - so hold onto your recent copies of the BNF and BNFc - more news will follow shortly, and it is likely that we will be collecting books in the early spring. We are busy raising funds to help support the transport of the books for 2018 - if you would like to contribute, you can do so here.

In a survey that we conducted in November 2017, over 80% of recipients stated that the BNF provided through PharmAid was very influential for their practice, and that their practice would not be the same without it. This is highly encouraging and demonstrates the impact that the scheme has on improving medicines knowledge in practice and provision higher quality patient care. We thank you again for your continued support with this valuable scheme.

Fight the Fakes Survey

If you have not already completed our survey on substandard and falsified medicines, please take 2 mins to do so and share within your healthcare professional networks. Our survey aims to assess your own exposure to and general awareness of substandard and falsified antimicrobials.

Access the survey here

We hope your responses will help us gain a better understanding of the scope of the problem as well as possible prevention strategies from a healthcare professionals' point of view. We aim to publish and present results to policy makers and governments in order to help raise awareness of this issue and help strengthen the case for investment in order to tackle it at on a global scale.

Did you know...?
WHO estimates that 1 in 10 medical products in low- and middle-income countries is substandard or falsified, of these, antimalarials and antibiotics are the most commonly reported. 700,000 deaths a year are caused by fake malaria and tuberculosis drugsbcomparing the death toll to the equivalent of 'four fully laden jumbo jets crashing everyday' - British think-tank, International Policy Network

Update on AMR survey
shock last minute surge from the UK!

Our latest results show an increased uptake from Pharmacists and Technicians with the UK taking over the lead from India and New Zealand in relation to the number of responses.

Thanks to all that have participated in this survey, we will keep it open for a few more weeks as responses continue to climb and let you know the final results shortly. We will be creating a publication based on the results with our partners SoS. If you would like to complete the survey please visit the following link:

AMR Survey
What's coming up...

16th - 18th 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. 

Several forums will be held alongside the CHOGM, which are free to register for. You can sign up
here. The CPA are working with the Commonwealth Health Professions Alliance (CHPA) on hopefully developing a health component to the People's Forum. We will keep you updated of our progress.

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 lecture by Dame Barbara Stocking DBE.

Register for a ticket here.

16th March 2018

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

more details on the way..

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

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 b we look forward to you being part of our ongoing journey b we think it is going to be a very exciting one!
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