Pharmacists called on to mark World Pharmacists Day 2014
The FIP is calling on individual pharmacists around the globe to take part in World Pharmacists Day 2014 (25 September) through a personalised logo on social media.
The FIP has created a microsite on Twibbon where people can add their picture to FIP's World Pharmacists Day logo and then use this personalised logo on their FaceBook and Twitter accounts.
The slogan for this year’s World Pharmacists Day is “Access to pharmacists is access to health”.
FIP’s new president Dr Carmen Peña says: “Access to health is not just an economic issue. It is also about access to medicines, which has big research and evidence elements, access to correct information and advice, and access to education. The current Ebola emergency provides a good illustration. Research is vital if a vaccine or cure for this deadly disease is to be found. Moreover, it is essential for people to have good information. We have heard, for example, reports that people in Nigeria have died because they were led to believe that drinking salt water would prevent or cure infection. We know that pharmacists in affected countries are offering reliable advice and playing an important part in education and dispelling such myths.”
FIP’s CEO and general secretary Mr Luc Besançon added that World Pharmacists Day is a good opportunity to highlight the impact and added value of the pharmacy profession and its role in improving health to authorities, other professions and the media as well as to the general public.
FIP’s World Pharmacists Day Twibbon microsite is available at: http://twibbon.com/support/world-pharmacists-day-2014
FIP’s member organisations have been busy preparing to mark this year’s World Pharmacists Day. Portugal, for example, has chosen 25 September to launch a year-long campaign on the responsible use of medicines, and the FIP is informed that Zimbabwe’s pharmacists will celebrate with a walk into Africa Unity Square in Harare, which will be followed by speeches and media interviews.
The FIP will be compiling a 2014 World Pharmacists Day album and is inviting people to send in images of their World Pharmacists Day activities and celebrations so that they can be shared with colleagues around the world. Pictures and captions can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The album can be accessed here.
About World Pharmacists Day
World Pharmacists Day is in its fourth year. It was adopted by the FIP Council at the 2009 World Congress of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences in Istanbul, Turkey. September 25 was chosen because it is the date that the FIP came into existence in 1912. The purpose of World Pharmacists Day is to encourage activities that promote and advocate for the role of the pharmacist in improving health in every corner of the world. Further information and logos for general use are available here.