A4 Finding the humanitarian face of pharmacy

Wednesday 13 September 2017
COEX Convention & Exhibition Center : Grand Ballroom 105

1,5 hours

Organised by the FIP Community Pharmacy Section and the FIP Military & Emergency Pharmacy Section

Chairs: Warren Meek (C7 Consulting Limited, Canada)


The role of pharmacists in humanitarian work and natural disasters is continuing to evolve as organisers and policy makers understand the value that pharmacists bring to these situations. In some cases pharmacists volunteer from a purely selfless internal motive to help; in other cases there is an organised political requirement for pharmacy to be included in the medical team assigned to provide relief and support. This session showcases how pharmacists have gone beyond their daily activities to offer humanitarian support.

Learning objectives

At the conclusion of this knowledge-based session, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe and develop the role of the pharmacist in emergency situations.
  2. Identify the requirement for unique policies and procedures in these situations.
  3. Identify the planning framework required for pharmacist involvement and collaboration in a humanitarian effort.
  4. Describe how pharmacists may become involved in humanitarian projects.
  5. Prepare plans for the required collaboration in any given humanitarian mission.


07:15 - 07:40 Light breakfast

07:40 – 08:10
1. Emergency medicine team pharmacist in the field - Experiences and learning
Melanie Morrow (National Critical Care & Trauma Response Centre/AusMAT, Australia)

08:10 – 08:45
2. Pharmaciens Sans Frontières Sweden - Role of pharmacists in AIDS/HIV in Uganda
Lars Rönnbäck (Pharmacists Without Borders, Sweden)