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PharmAid 2018 Appeal

We need YOUR help to improve the health and wellbeing of more patients in some of the poorest parts of the globe through optimising the use of medicines. Please support us!

PharmAid is our well known and very popular scheme whereby we collect recent editions of medicines information resources (such as the British National Formulary and Martindale) from hospitals and pharmacies throughout the UK each year and redistributes them in response to requests from lower-middle income countries.

Donate to PharmAid here
This video explains more about the impact of the PharmAid scheme and the importance of your support. Please share this widely amongst your networks.

The demand for the medicines information resources received by us each year greatly outweighs the financial resource of the charity and without funding this impactful global public health initiative cannot continue. Your support is crucial to ensure pharmacists and other healthcare workers in low resource setting have access to vital resources to improve the health of their patients.

Please please please for anyone that can help support this financially, please can you consider donating to our campaign this year - we rely entirely on donations to run this and it’s such a valued scheme that we really want to to be able to continue. Help us reach our target if £20k this year by sharing with your networks - your colleagues around the Commonwealth truly appreciate your support!

"Pharmacists at the Frontlines: A Novel Approach at Combating TB"

This new publication offered by The Indian Pharmaceutical Association (IPA) captures the journey of public private partnership engaging pharmacists in the TB control programme, and serves as an example and testimony of the pharmacists' role and efforts to improve public health.

The handbook was released by the Deputy Director General of Health Services, TB control, Govt Of India, Dr. Sunil D. Khaparde at a function held by the IPA.

Dr. Sunil D. Khaparde (Deputy Director General of TB Control, Govt. of India), and Dr. Rao Vadlamudi (CPA President and IPA President).

The book is available now on the Indian Pharmaceutical Association's website.

Read the book here
Antimicrobial Stewardship: From Principles to Practice
A FREE eBook from the British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy
Co-authored by CPA Adviser Diane Ashiru-Oredope
Register for your free book here
What's coming up...

29th March 2018


The CPA will be promoting #Pharmacy24 on Thurs 29th March along with thousands of other pharmacy related individuals and groups. The event will help raise the profile of the profession and this year with the topic of 'diversity' we would especially love to see our members and followers all around the Commonwealth joining in the Twitter event to increase the profile of the profession in your own countries.

#Pharmacy24 is annual international twitter event to celebrate the breadth and diversity of pharmacy, on the busiest day of the pharmacy calendar: the last normal working day before the Easter holidays. #Pharmacy24 aims to make the contribution of pharmacy to patient care more visible and to celebrate the difference pharmacy makes.

#Pharmacy24 is open to everyone in pharmacy, and to all sectors: pharmacy professionals, students, pharmacy teams, researchers and above all open to the public. This is pharmacy; where we invest our discretionary effort to go far beyond the minimum required to support patients and give purpose to our work. In the year celebrating 70 years of the NHS, help celebrate the contribution of pharmacy in keeping the public safe.

In 2017, the tweets on #pharmacy24 generated 21,000,000+ impressions and was the number one trending topic for most of the day.

After the event last year many supportive messages from students, pharmacy professionals and members of the public were posted. For some this helped them see the breadth of opportunities within pharmacy that they had not recognised previously.

The passion, purpose and diversity showcased by #pharmacy24 demonstrates that notwithstanding the significant disruptive forces of the 21st century facing all professions and industries, pharmacy can rise to the challenge and continue to provide great care.

This year there is a theme for #pharmacy24, the theme is diversity:
The diversity of the pharmacy workforce,
The diversity of roles,
The diversity of the population we serve,
The diversity of careers,
Shining a light on areas of diversity often overlooked or not sufficiently addressed - pharmacy has work to do and makes a contribution to addressing all of the above.

How to get involved
Share the date with your networks
Prepare key messages and tweets in advance
Prepare videos and events that broadcast on the day
Use the day to promote your work
Join the thunderclap - will be launched very soon to promote the day

Why not get involved this year? The date is Thursday 29th March 2018, the hashtag: #Pharmacy24

The CPA takes to the stage at the People's Forum in the Run up to CHOGM...

THE PEOPLE'S FORUM DAY 3, 18th April 2018
Theme: Accountability

As part of the Commonwealth Health Professions Alliance (CHPA) the CPA will be playing an active role in the session entitled:
‘Universal health coverage: holding countries to account ’

Everyone agrees universal health coverage is a good thing. But it cannot be achieved without appropriate financing and an adequate health workforce - and if every citizen does not have equitable access, health coverage is not universal. Three eminent speakers examine universal health coverage from the perspectives of financing, health workforce, and access, and ask how civil society can hold countries to account on achieving universal health coverage. 

Three well renowned speakers will be heading up the 3 hours session to cover the following objectives:
  1. To share financing options implemented by Commonwealth countries to achieve UHC and propose transparent and accountable measures to monitor UHC.
  2. To examine health workforce requirements to achieve and maintain UHC.
  3. To explore essential actions for Commonwealth countries to ensure the move to UHC ‘leaves no-one behind’.
Two short case studies and a panel discussion will follow each of the main speakers. The CPA will be collaborating with FIPEd to present the case for investment in the Pharmacy Workforce. We hope the discussions that follow and recommendations put forward will encourage a commitment from governments to invest in the health work force and pave a way for creating more partnerships in the Commonwealth to help support the development of the pharmacy and health workforce.

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. 

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!

General Data Protection Protection

There will be new laws on data protection within the EU taking effect from 25th May 2018. If you would like to keep on receiving newsletters of the CPA's activity please keep an eye out for messages that we will be sending requiring your consent to do so. We would love to stay in touch!

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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