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Pharmacy practice improvement initiatives in Belgium and Spain share FIP award.
A programme that has improved the quality of medicines compounded in community pharmacies in Belgium is the joint winner of FIP’s Pharmacy Practice Improvement Award for 2020. The award to the Association of Pharmacists Belgium was announced today at FIP Virtual 2020, and is shared with the General Pharmaceutical Council of Spain for an initiative on medicines adherence.
Campaign raising mental health awareness scoops global award for young pharmacists in Nigeria
The Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria Young Pharmacists’ Group was today announced as the winner of FIP’s 2020 Health Promotion Campaign Award for a suicide prevention campaign held on World Mental Health Day last year. Working in partnership with the Suicide Prevention Institute of Nigeria and mental health advocacy and rehabilitation organisations, 40 young pharmacist volunteers were trained to manage mental health issues. They took their campaign, which consisted of an educational series on social media, a health walk and a public engagement exercise into a community with a high incidence of drug abuse in central Lagos. Information was given in five languages common to the community, reaching over 1,150 people and with about 200 people being referred to the partner organisations involved in the campaign for follow-up.
New FIP fellows named
Eight pharmacists and pharmaceutical scientists from seven countries were recognised for their contribution to pharmacy and made FIP Fellows at the opening ceremony of FIP Virtual 2020 today:
• Mr Jaime Acosta Gomez (Spain)
• Dr Jill E. Martin Boone (USA)
• Prof. William N. Charman (Australia)
• Dr Martin Henman (Ireland)
• Prof. Marilyn Morris (USA)
• Dr Charlotte Rossing (Denmark)
• Dr Vaiyapuri Subramaniam (USA)
• Prof. Shigeo Yamamura (Japan)
In addition, Prof. William Charman also received the Kamal K. Midha Award for Exceptional Leadership.
We congratulate and thank them for their service to FIP and for advancing the pharmacy profession.