October Monthly Digest

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World Polio Campaign:

As part of the WHO Program, IPSF celebrated the World Polio Day this year. WPD was first established by Rotary International over a decade ago to commemorate the birth of Jonas Salk, who led the first team to develop a vaccine against poliomyelitis.

Polio is a crippling and potentially fatal infectious disease that has no cure. The only way to prevent it is by vaccination. Oral polio vaccine (OPV) contains an attenuated (weakened) vaccine-virus, activating an immune response in the body. When a child is immunized with OPV, the weakened vaccine-virus replicates in the intestine for a limited period, thereby developing immunity by building up antibodies. During this time, the vaccine-virus is also excreted. In areas of inadequate sanitation, this excreted vaccine-virus can spread in the immediate community (and this can offer protection to other children through ‘passive’ immunization), before eventually dying out.
Thanks to vaccinations, WHO Pan American Region and WHO European Region are remaining as polio-free.


October, "Breast Awareness Month" ended, but at IPSF it did not go unnoticed!
Indeed, Pink October was celebrated yesterday, October 31 by the Public Health Activities committee to raise awareness of breast cancer. A photo challenge was launched on Instagram & Facebook with the hashtag #IPinkSF.

Here is a compilation of some pictures:




World Pharmacists Day:

To celebrate World Pharmacists Day, IPSF held a series of webinars during October.

1. Experience in Zipline International
Speaker: Ms. Igihozo Marie Christelle
Date: 5 October 2019

2. World Pharmacists Day Webinar 2
Speaker: Yuri Jung
Date: 6 October 2019

3. Mission pharmacist at the Iraqi Mission of Première Urgence Internationale
Speaker: Mr. Lucas Ercolin
Date: 19 October 2019


IPSF x FIP YPG x iYPG - Public Health Webinar:

The International Pharmaceutical Students’ Federation (IPSF) in collaboration with the International Pharmaceutical Federation Young Pharmacists’ Group (FIP YPG) and the Indonesian Young Pharmacists' Group (IYPG) hosted an exciting webinar on public health. This webinar explored the initiatives that pharmaceutical scientists, pharmacists and students around the world are taking to promote public health at local, national and international levels. The webinar goal was to gain insight into their experiences in strengthening public health.



Phuture: Mental Health

Phuture, the annual scientific publication of IPSF made a release of its 21st Issue on the topic of Mental Health. According to the World Health Organization, one in four people in the world will be affected by mental or neurological disorders at some point in their lives, hence pharmacists as the most accessible health care professionals have an important role to play.

This Issue covers interesting topics which highlight the global status of pharmacists in the treatment of mental illness, mental health as everyone's concern, pharmacists' new roles, pharmacists' primary health care roles in the early detection of mental illness, and new theories in the prevention and treatment of Alzheimer's disease. To read about this more, follow this link.


“Fight the Fakes UNODC: Stakeholder Engagement” - Vienna, Austria

As a Fight the Fakes partner, IPSF had the opportunity to participate at the UNODC's need assessment workshop on stakeholder engagement in Vienna, Austria on 10 & 11 October 2019 via its representative Ms. Jelena Lugic, Parliamentary Coordinator.

This project was the first to prepare Non-governmental actors for the review mechanism of the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime (UNTOC). The two days were filled with presentations and knowledge-exchange from UNODC, NGOs, academia, and the private sector.



“International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) Regional Conference for the European Region” - Ankara, Turkey

IPSF co-organised the first Health Hackathon during the International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) Regional Conference for the European Region, held from the 23 My 2019 to 25 May 2019 in Ankara, Turkey.

What is a hackathon?
A hackathon is a “marathon” of hacking where pharmacy students and recent graduates are given a problem statement for them to work in teams, brainstorm and use design-thinking strategies to solve that particular problem. During the Health Hackathon, the participants were asked to come up with solutions on how to implement Electronic Medical Records and use its potential to guarantee patient safety through patient monitoring and medication reconciliation.

This Health Hackathon was conducted successfully, and we hope to continue organising this innovative event in the years to come to equip students with digital skills and prepare them for future technological challenges. It is necessary to provide challenges for students to complement the formal curricula by allowing them to learn through hands-on experience. It was a privilege to work with FIP, FIP Young Pharmacists’ Group and TPA-YC on this cutting-edge initiative!


IPSF also signed the Ankara Commitment to Action on Primary Health Care during the event. (See here)


“World Health Summit” - Berlin, Germany

IPSF was represented by Ms.Nadine Kresten from BPhD during the World Health Summit in Berlin, Germany from October 27 to October 29, 2019. The WHS is a global gathering for all global health actors, including Head of States, Health Ministers, NGO leaders, and universities among many others. This year, it was a great privilege to have IPSF attending the event as there were sessions discussing on global health topics which IPSF had worked on such as AMR, SDG3, Health Research Workforce, and UHC.



“Committee on Non-Governmental Partners (NGP) of the Executive Board (207th session) UNESCO Meeting” - Paris, France


On the 11th of October, 2019, IPSF was present at the Committee on Non-Governmental Partners (NGP) of the Executive Board (207th session) UNESCO Meeting represented by Mr. Gautier Davrainville Simonato, the President of ANEPF, France. Discussions evolved around Non-Governmental Organizations place in UNESCO and how to collaborate in order to enhance the quality of UNESCO’s actions through the help of Non-Governmental Organizations. It was a successful meeting and  IPSF representing over 350, 000 Pharmacy and pharmaceutical science students and recent graduates across 90 countries is further committed to engaging in UNESCO Projects in line with quality education (SDGs 4)

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