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FIP UNESCO-UNITWIN Programme

Global Pharmacy Education Development Network

- Overview on the FIP UNESCO-UNITWIN Programme

- "FIP pharmacy education in sub-Saharan Africa" report

- Introductory video on the "FIP pharmacy education in sub-Saharan Africa" report

- Recording of the "FIP pharmacy education in sub-Saharan Africa" report launch webinar.

- Messages on "FIP pharmacy education in sub-Saharan Africa" report, ready for you to post on your social media

- Setting up new FIP UNITWIN centres for excellence and establishing pharmacy schools’ associations: a pathfinder toolkit

- FIP’s global call to action for advancing pharmaceutical education

 

In 2010, FIP and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) launched a unique global programme: the University Twinning and Networking (UNITWIN) — The Global Pharmacy Education Development (GPhEd) Network.

This FIP-UNESCO UNITWIN programme was the first in the field of higher education for health professionals and the first for global pharmaceutical education. The activities of the programme have been led by our FIP-UNESCO UNITWIN director Prof. Ralph Altiere.

The programme sought to advance research, training and curriculum development in pharmacy education by building university networks and encouraging inter-university cooperation worldwide. It has been a platform for FIP Education (FIPEd) to implement its global pharmaceutical education and workforce strategies. Pharmacy schools in the GPhEd Network have been positioned as centres for excellence and innovation that actively contribute to the development of their respective fields at national, regional and international levels.

The FIP-UNESCO UNITWIN programme acted as a platform for the work of FIPEd, where tools and resources were developed to help tackle challenges of academic capacity, quality assurance of educational systems and workforce competency in both high- and low-resource pharmacy education institutions. The programme enabled synchronised and powerful development in undergraduate training and continuing pharmacy and pharmaceutical sciences education, as well as improved communication for scientific innovation, healthcare outcomes, and, ultimately, the attainment of FIP’s Development Goals.

The Centre for Excellence in Africa has been the active GPhEd Network. Its founding partners, who are the leaders of the sub-Saharan African schools of pharmacy, participate to facilitate the development of academic capacity, quality assurance of educational systems and workforce competency.

Now, looking back on a decade of experience of pharmacy education and innovation across Africa, through FIP-UNESCO UNITWIN Centre for Excellence in Africa, we now seek to renew the agreement with UNESCO to strengthen the Centre for Excellence in Africa and roll out centres across other regions globally.

FIP pharmacy education in sub-Saharan Africa report: The FIP-UNESCO UNITWIN Programme: A decade of education partnership across Africa

The “FIP pharmacy education in sub-Saharan Africa” report provides an overview of the needs and priorities of pharmacy education in sub-Saharan African countries, with a particular focus on academic capacity and needs-based education.

The report highlights the most challenging and pressing needs in sub-Saharan Africa in terms of health care and societal needs and publishes a decade’s worth of evidence from the FIP-UNESCO UNITWIN Centre for Excellence in Africa of how pharmacy education and pharmaceutical workforce have responded to these ever-changing challenges.

The report provides a set of purposeful ways forward and recommendations to consolidate its impact and build on the findings. It is co-authored and co-created by the institutions that were part of the FIP-UNESCO UNITWIN Centre for Excellence in Africa since its inception in 2010, FIP member organisations and FIP AIM members from the African Region, African Pharmaceutical Forum and supported by the World Health  Organization Regional Office for Africa and UNESCO.

Report can be downloaded here.


An introductory video on the "FIP pharmacy education in sub-Saharan Africa" report can be watched here:

 

The webinar recording of the "FIP pharmacy education in sub-Saharan Africa" report launch is available here.

 

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Join the conversation! Share FIP Pharmacy Education in sub-Saharan Africa Report’s key findings on your Facebook, LinkedIn, Whatsapp or Instagram accounts. Use the graphics below to accompany your posts! Use ‘Click-to-Tweet’ link to directly post on your Twitter!

              

The @fip_org #PharmacyEducation in sub-Saharan #Africa report recommends addressing the current shortfalls, building on existing capacity and implementing plans for improved investment and partnerships. #FIPinAfrica #UNITWIN @UNESCO – Click to Tweet

     

There is a severe shortage of health workers in Africa. Pharmacists are integral to the healthcare needs in the region. @fip_org #PharmacyEducation in #Africa report shows a need for a robust workforce and how @FIPEd resources can help. #FIPinAfrica #UNITWIN @UNESCO – Click to Tweet

   

According to @fip_org #PharmacyEducation in Africa report, pharmacy degrees are shifting, variations exist in education quality between sub-regions, and improving staff welfare and therefore numbers are critical. #FIPinAfrica #UNITWIN @UNESCO – Click to Tweet

  @fip_org #PharmacyAfrica report’s findings suggest investing in #PharmacyEducation #Pharmacy workforce will influence national health workforce density and economicgrowth, as pharmacy is the third largest healthcare workforce in most countries. #FIPinAfrica #UNITWIN @UNESCO – Click to Tweet
   
@fip_org’s partnership with @UNESCO and the subsequent #UNITWIN programme has provided advances in Africa’s #PharmacyEducation through joint research and improvements in academic capacity and needs-based education, resulting in stronger intra-regional ties #FIPinAfrica – Click to Tweet   The FIP-UNITWIN Needs Assessment Framework serves to identify the needs and priorities in pharmacy education and pharmaceutical workforce in Africa, and includes the following steps:#FIPinAfrica #PharmacyEducation #TransformPharmacy #UNITWIN @UNESCO @fip_org – Click to Tweet
 

#PharmacyEducation provided in Africa must meet standards of quality. @fip_org report recommends new teaching methods, continuous curriculum review and collaboration with stakeholders to support quality education. #PharmacyAfrica #FIPinAfrica #TransformPharmacy #UNITWIN @UNESCO – Click to Tweet

 

Pharmacy students’ associations and young pharmacists are calling for more experiential #PharmacyEducation opportunities, mentorship,and support to engage with pharmacy network across Africa and beyond.#TransformPharmacy #FIPinAfrica #PharmacyAfrica #UNITWIN @UNESCO @fip_org – Click to Tweet

 

Empowering and enabling women in #PharmaceuticalSciences and #PharmacyEducation is critical to improving overall standards of pharmacy and healthcare in Africa. #EquityRX #FIPWiSE @UNESCO #UNITWIN #FIPinAfrica @fip_org – Click to Tweet   COVID-19 has exposed existing inequities & flaws in #PharmacyEducation. The @fip_org - #UNITWIN Centre for Excellence in Africa addresses these and ways to mitigate the impact of heavy disruption on #PharmacyEducation. @UNESCO #PharmacyAfrica #FIPinAfrica #TransformPharmacy – Click to Tweet

 

   

 

@fip_org report on #PharmacyEducation in sub-Saharan #Africa calls for addressing inequities in #PharmacyEducation, educational partnerships through #UNITWIN, and highlights the need for an African Association of #Pharmacy schools. @UNESCO #FIPinAfrica #TransformPharmacy – Click to Tweet

   

 

Setting up new FIP UNITWIN centres for excellence and establishing pharmacy schools’ associations: a pathfinder toolkit

The FIP UNITWIN pathfinder toolkit builds on the work of the FIP-UNESCO UNITWIN programme in sub-Saharan Africa and the decade of history of its Centre for Excellence in Africa (CfEA).

The toolkit has two key objectives:

1. It supports the planned global expansion of the FIP-UNESCO UNITWIN programme by providing step-wise guidance to academic institutions to establish new FIP-UNESCO UNITWIN centres for excellence across all regions of the world. The toolkit provides case studies from the experts/partners/founders about the CfEA and operational resources on transforming pharmacy education through educational networks using the FIP-UNESCO UNITWIN programme’s CfEA approach.


2. It supports pharmacy schools to set up associations and particularly designed to support African academic institutions to establish an Africa-wide association of schools of pharmacy and pharmaceutical sciences. The toolkit provides case studies from regional and country associations of pharmacy schools about their mission, vision, legislative steps, strategic plans and priorities, decision-making, leadership, membership, marketing, partner engagement of associations from other regions, opinions on success and benefits of pharmacy school associations.

The digital toolkit can be accessed here.

 

FIP’s global call to action for advancing pharmaceutical education

In October 2021, FIP organised the FIP-UNITWIN regional workshops, brought FIP’s member academic institutions, professional organisations and key pharmacy stakeholders from each of the World Health Organization’s six regions together, and co-created ONE FIP roadmaps to advance pharmacy and pharmaceutical sciences education. The workshops’ participants identified their regions’ strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats (SWOT) on pharmaceutical education, and prioritised FIP Development Goals (FIP DGs) relevant to needs and priorities in pharmaceutical education.

To address priority FIP DGs and actionable SWOT areas in pharmaceutical education, the workshop participants co-created roadmaps for their regions. The roadmaps provide a systematic and concerted framework for FIP members to advance pharmaceutical education, and support collaboration between FIP members and key pharmaceutical stakeholders in co-creating strategies and solutions for their region.



Following the workshops, on 13 December 2021 at the FIP-UNITWIN global summit on pharmaceutical education, FIP launched the final roadmaps for each region and the “FIP global call to action on pharmaceutical education” for academic institutions, professional organisations, policymakers and key pharmaceutical stakeholders around the world to support the implementation of these roadmaps. FIP’s member academic institutions who participated in the workshops and the global summit will benefit from the opportunity to join the FIP-UNESCO UNITWIN Centre for Excellence in their region, and will be recognised by UNESCO as regional leaders in implementing these roadmaps in solidarity with colleagues in and beyond their region and with FIP.

Coming soon: Peer-reviewed article on FIP-UNITWIN workshops and FIP regional roadmaps on pharmaceutical education.

If you are interested in unifying with FIP-UNITWIN, and contributing to the FIP-UNESCO UNITWIN Centre for Excellence to advance pharmacy and pharmaceutical sciences education in your region, please contact education@fip.org.

Last update 1 March 2022

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