25 April 2015
Up for discussion at the World Health Assembly in May: malaria

Ambitious goals to reach a world free of malaria, contained in a draft global strategy released in March, are set to be discussed at the World Health Assembly next month. The strategy for malaria post 2015, proposes milestones and goals for 2020, 2025 and 2030, and aims to reduce malaria mortality and case incidents globally by 90% by 2030. Furthermore, it aims to eliminate this often fatal disease from at least 35 countries in which malaria was transmitted in 2015 and prevent re-establishment of malaria in all countries that are now malaria free.

In 2013, almost half of the population at risk (49%) had access to an insecticide-treated mosquito net (ITN) in their household, compared with 3% in 2004, according to the World Health Organization World Malaria Report 2014. In addition, 123 million people — representing 3.5% of the global population at risk — were protected from malaria through the use of indoor residual spraying. In the WHO African Region, 55 million people (7% of the population at risk) were protected; a decrease from 11% in 2010. The decline is due to a withdrawal or downsizing of spraying programmes in some countries.

Despite impressive increases in malaria intervention coverage, it is estimated that, in 2013, 278 million of the 840 million people at risk of malaria in sub-Saharan Africa lived in households without even a single ITN, 15 million of the 35 million pregnant women did not receive even a single dose of intermittent preventive treatment in pregnancy (IPTp), and between 56 and 69 million children with malaria did not receive artemisinin-based combination therapy. Poverty and low levels of education are significant determinants of lack of access to these essential services.

Pharmacists around the world are already contributing to a world free of malaria, for example, by giving preventive advice to travellers. They are also helping to ensure appropriate treatment. In Ghana, for instance, community pharmacists are allowed to treat malaria based on rapid diagnostic test results. But more can be done to ensure all those at risk receive appropriate preventive measures, diagnostic testing and treatment.

Today is World Malaria Day and the WHO is inviting stakeholders to “Invest in the future. Defeat malaria.” We invite you to take a look at the draft strategy and think about how you might contribute to the fulfilment of the global strategy goals. 

24 April 2015
World Immunisation Week (24-30 April): Targets 2015 are off track

WHO warned this week that progress towards global vaccination targets for 2015 is far off track with 1 in 5 children still missing out on life-saving immunisation that could avert 1.5 million deaths each year from preventable diseases.

Immunisation is one of the most effective public health interventions for protecting from vaccine-preventable diseases (VPDs).

In 2012, all World Health Organization (WHO) member states at the World Health Assembly endorsed the Global Vaccine Action Plan (GVAP), a commitment to ensure that no one misses out on vital immunisation. Countries are aiming to achieve vaccination coverage of ≥90% nationally and ≥80% in every district by 2020. However, progress is far off track with an estimated 21.8 million infants worldwide still missing out on routine life-saving immunisations.  An independent assessment report of GVAP progress concludes that the situation is alarming. The GVAP set six key immunisation targets with deadlines at the end of 2014 or 2015. Only one of these six is on track to be achieved. Some have been missed multiple times before.

Nevertheless, there is reason for hope. There has been success in introducing new vaccines, and positive achievements in some countries. Major change is possible. The GVAP was created to end the inequity in vaccination worldwide and, hence, to save millions of lives. The WHO estimates that today immunisations prevent between 2 and 3 million deaths annually and protect many more people from illness and disability.

The WHO is working with countries and partners towards closing the immunisation gap. The GVAP recommends three key steps in achieving this goal.

-        Integrated immunisation with other health services

-        Strengthening health systems so that vaccines continue to be given even in times of crisis; and

-        Ensuring that everyone can access vaccines and afford to pay for them.

Other critical operational needs to ensure wider vaccination and delivery on the ground include training more health workers, skilled managers and supportive supervision, finding ways to simplify vaccination procedures in the field and increasing awareness and demand for immunisation by communities.

Pharmacists can fulfil a significant role in the process of immunisation. In fact, they are already doing so in some countries such as Australia, Portugal, the United States and Canada.  Consumers have trust and confidence in the capabilities of their local pharmacists. According to a recent national survey conducted in Canada, 88% of participants stated that they trust their pharmacist to provide advice on vaccination and 79% said they would consider getting a flu shot or other vaccines from pharmacists. Another report published by the C.D. Howe Institute on improving vaccination policy in Canada suggests that further expanding pharmacists’ scope of practice to administer vaccines could help reduce the cost and barriers that make it difficult to access immunisation services. Pharmacists are the most accessible healthcare providers and are in an ideal position to provide immunisation services. Pharmacists were also drafted into administering measles vaccine in the US during the outbreak last year in Ohio.

This week is World Immunisation Week and the theme is “close the immunisation gap”. The aim of this week is to raise public awareness of how immunisation saves lives, encouraging people everywhere to get vaccinate.


Read more about immunisation week on the WHO website.

07 April 2015
World Health Day: How safe is your food?

First findings from research on the global burden of foodborne diseases have been released by the World Health Organization. Some important results are related to enteric infections caused by viruses, bacteria and protozoa that enter the body by ingestion of contaminated food.

News archive

26 March 2015
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24 March 2015
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27 February 2015
WHO calls for recommitment to a tobacco-free world on 10th anniversary of FCTC

11 February 2015
New award to recognise interprofessional collaboration

29 January 2015
FIP underlines pharmacists’ value in tackling antimicrobial resistance

26 January 2015
International hospital and generic organisations commit to shared ethical principles on 1st anniversary of Consensus Framework

16 December 2014
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01 December 2014
Closing the gaps in HIV/AIDS: World AIDS Day 2014

20 November 2014
FIP partners Fight the Fakes

13 November 2014
Ebola resources for community pharmacy now available from FIP

07 November 2014
International oath for pharmacists launched

06 November 2014
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29 October 2014
New e-learning for healthcare professionals working in armed conflict and emergency situations

24 October 2014
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29 September 2014
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24 September 2014
Pharmacists called on to mark World Pharmacists Day 2014

30 August 2014
First woman president for FIP

13 August 2014
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25 July 2014
Pharmacists asked to "think again" about roles in hepatitis

14 July 2014
FIP renews commitment to healthcare for women and children

01 July 2014
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01 July 2014
FIP Annual Report 2013/14 published

13 June 2014
Call for support on role of pharmacists in Uruguay

02 June 2014
Balkans emergency relief fund

21 May 2014
FIP presents evidence of pharmacy’s value in vaccinations to World Health Assembly

06 May 2014
World Asthma Day

13 April 2014
Pharmaceutical Sciences World Congress Opens in Melbourne

21 January 2014
FIP interventions at the 134th WHO Executive Board in Geneva

13 January 2014
Putting patients first: Together with four global healthcare organizations FIP signs Consensus Framework for Ethical Collaboration

23 December 2013
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28 November 2013
FIP participated in the 3rd Global Forum on Human Resources for Health

04 November 2013
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07 October 2013
PSWC Travel Grants

04 September 2013
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03 September 2013
FIP launches report of international summit on medicines shortages

01 September 2013

01 September 2013
2013 Høst Madsen Medal

01 September 2013
Awards at the FIP World Congress Dublin 2013

31 August 2013
FIP Leading on Global Education Transformation

31 August 2013
FIP Welcomes New Member and Observer Organisations.

21 August 2013
2013 World Pharmacists Day - 25 September

21 June 2013
The FIP Bureau and ExCo select a new General Secretary/Chief Executive Officer.

21 June 2013
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22 May 2013
FIP interventions at the 2013 World Health Assembly in Geneva

20 May 2013
World's Health Professions Call for New Emphasis on Working Together

28 January 2013
FIP Makes Interventions at WHO Executive Board Meeting

13 December 2012
FIP and IFPMA Fight Counterfeit Medicines

25 October 2012
Call for nominations Host Madsen Medal 2013 and FIP Award Winners 2012

04 October 2012
Her Royal Highness Princess Margriet of the Netherlands officially opens the FIP Centennial Congress

02 October 2012
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20 September 2012
World Pharmacists Day 25 September

06 September 2012
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04 July 2012
WHPA Releases Report on Forum for "Collaborative Practice"

29 May 2012
FIP Collaborates with the WGO for World Digestive Health Day

04 April 2012
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01 February 2012
Taiwan Society of Health-System Pharmacists (TSHP) - Twinning Programme for Good Pharmacy Practice

31 January 2012
WHO takes giant stride in promoting medicines safety worldwide

24 January 2012
FIP makes interventions at WHO Executive Board Meeting

15 December 2011
New Delhi Call to Action on Preserving the Power of Antibiotics

23 November 2011
Health professionals unite in WHPA Prague Call to Action, urging governments to ramp up fight against falsified medicines

14 November 2011
World Diabetes Day - FIP releases pinnacle report

12 October 2011
Congress IPJ now available for download

26 September 2011
FIP calls attention to medicines shortages

23 September 2011

04 September 2011
FIP Opens Momentous 2011 Congress in Hyderabad with President of India

04 September 2011

04 July 2011
WHPA Taipei Workshop on Counterfeiting of Medical Products

30 May 2011
31 May - World No Tobacco Day

23 May 2011
FIP makes interventions at WHO World Health Assembly 2011

19 May 2011
WHPA NCD Campaign Media Release

07 April 2011
FIP makes intervention at WHO for World Health Day 2011

24 March 2011
Pharmacists transform the fight against TB!

16 March 2011
Japanese pharmacists aid in relief efforts

21 February 2011
FIP Endorses Global Data Charter

04 February 2011
World Cancer Day 2011 - it's possible to overcome cancer

26 January 2011
FIP presence at the 2nd Global Forum for Human Resources for Health

13 January 2011
Pharmacy Guild of Australia - pharmacists aid in flood relief

16 December 2010
Season's Greetings from FIP!

29 November 2010
FIP and AAPS host successful meeting

25 November 2010
Abuja Call to Action: Fight the dangers of counterfeit medicine

25 October 2010

29 September 2010
Pharmaceutical Sciences Experts Present Cutting-Edge Research at International Meeting in New Orleans, Nov. 14-18

23 September 2010
25 September - World Pharmacists Day!

01 September 2010

31 August 2010
FIP-UNESCO University Twinning Network for Pharmacists formally Approved by UNESCO

30 August 2010
FIP and Pfizer Launch Joint Survey at the FIP Congress LIsbon

05 August 2010
Media Release - Trial confirms benefits of pharmacist intervention

29 July 2010
WHO and Vietnam - acces to essential medicines

28 July 2010
Australia holds Future of Pharmacy Stakeholder Forum

17 May 2010
World Health Professions Alliance calls for increased action against counterfeits

12 May 2010
Pharmaceutical Care – Where do we stand? Where should we go?

09 April 2010
FIP and Partners Launch the PPE Campaign Website

08 April 2010
FIP WHO Open Forum on the International Medical Products Anti-Counterfeiting Taskforce (IMPACT)

07 April 2010
7 April - World Health Day - Pharmacists make cities healthier!

24 March 2010
24 March - World TB Day

04 February 2010
World Cancer Day

27 January 2010
FIP intervenes at WHO EB

24 December 2009
A Holiday Greeting from Our President

16 December 2009
2009 World Malaria Report

30 November 2009
World AIDS Day

20 November 2009
Stakeholder meeting for drug information and pharmacovigilance in Vietnam

14 November 2009
World Diabetes Day

14 October 2009
PSWC - Call for Papers!

12 October 2009
World Mental Health Day 2009 - Mental Health in Primary Care

27 September 2009
World Heart Day 2009 - Work with Heart

18 September 2009
FIP Releases 2009 Global Pharmacy Workforce Report

05 September 2009
2009 FIP Congress Istanbul – almost 3000 gather to take responsibility for patient outcomes

12 August 2009
FIP and CHEO Release Pictogram Software Free of Charge

30 June 2009
FIP Re-Launches Pharmacy Education, An International Journal for Pharmaceutical Education

31 May 2009
31 May - World No Tobacco Day

25 May 2009
FIP speaks at World Health Assembly

14 May 2009
Turkey Celebrates National Pharmacy Day

28 April 2009
Influenza A (H1N1) - reports from WHO

21 April 2009
Global Health Workforce Alliance E-discussion

01 April 2009
Pharmacy Education Framework Validation

24 March 2009
Pharmacists work towards stopping the spread of Tuberculosis

29 January 2009
FIP takes part in the WHO Executive Board Meeting

23 January 2009
FIP CEO Ton Hoek Receives Award

05 November 2008
FIP supports Beijing Declaration

24 September 2008
FIP welcomes record number of participants at the 68th World Congress of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Basel, Switzerland

22 September 2008
FIP Bureau approves

06 September 2008
Global Conference on the Future of Hospital Pharmacy Successfully Completed

31 August 2008

06 June 2008
Establishment of First FIP Collaborating Centre

17 April 2008
WHO UNESCO FIP joint session held at the Global Health Workforce Alliance Forum for Human Resources for Health: The Launch of the Global Tripartite Education Action Plan 2008 – 2010

03 April 2008
Tuberculosis Awareness Campaign on 24th March by Indian Pharmaceutical Association’s Students’ Forum

21 September 2007
FIP Pharmacy Education Taskforce Proposes Action Plan on Global Pharmacy Education

05 December 2006
World AIDS Day 2006 – Stop AIDS, Keep the Promise

05 December 2006
FIP and WHO Launch Handbook on Developing Pharmacy Practice – A Focus on Patient Care

28 September 2006
FIP Honourary President Passes Away at the Age of 74

28 August 2006
FIP Opens 66th Congress of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

26 August 2006

26 May 2006
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28 April 2006
FIP Launches Global Pharmacy Workforce and Migration Report

03 March 2006
FIP Actively Involved in Global Health Issues

01 February 2006
FIP Participates in the Executive Board Meeting of the World Health Organization

19 January 2006
FIP launches "Human Resources for Health" website!

19 January 2006
Working Together for Health – Get Actively Involved in World Health Day

13 October 2005
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30 September 2005
Health Professionals Human Resources Survey Now Available Online

07 September 2005
FIP President Addresses Congress Participants at Opening Ceremony

07 September 2005
Pharmacists Gather in Cairo to Discuss Access to Medicines and Other Key Global Health Priorities

07 September 2005
IMS Health and International Pharmaceutical Federation announce award recipients at 65th World Congress of Pharmacy and Pharma

07 September 2005
FIP Anounces 2005 Award Winners at Opening Ceremony

02 March 2005
World’s Health Professions Celebrate Adoption of Global Anti-Tobacco Treaty

19 January 2005
Health Professionals and Patients Announce Historic Partnership

31 December 2004
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