D10 - Finding the humanitarian face of pharmacy

Conference Hall B2

Organised by FIP’s Community Pharmacy Section, in collaboration with the Military and Emergency Pharmacy Section


Warren Meek (C7 Consulting Limited, Canada)


(light breakfast at 07:00)

The role of pharmacists in humanitarian causes and natural disasters is continuing to evolve as organisers and policymakers understand the value that pharmacists bring to those various events. 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 to some event. This session showcases how pharmacists have gone beyond their daily activities to offer humanitarian support.


07:15 – 07:25 Introduction by the chair

  1. 07:25 – 08:00 Role of universities in humanitarian pharmacy practice
    Robert Leopold (Pharmacy School of D’Youville College Buffalo New York, USA)
  2. 08:00 – 08:35 Managing quality of service and personal competencies in humanitarian situations
    Amy Kruger Howard (University of Maryland, USA)

08:35 – 08:40 Conclusion by the chair

08:40 – 08:45 Room refresh

Learning Objectives

Learning objectives

At the end of this 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.

Type of session: Knowledge-based