D11 - Rising to the challenge: Evolving roles of emergency pharmacists

Conference Hall B2

Organised by the FIP Military and Emergency Pharmacy Section


Wendy Walker (FIP Military and Emergency Pharmacy Section, Australia) and Steve Shaddock (Australian Defence Force, Australia)


Emergency pharmacists practise in arduous and demanding conditions, and often work closely with international and local organisations in humanitarian and disaster relief situations.  In recent years, resettlement of refugees has attracted growing attention, because most of the refugees arrive in host countries with multiple and complex health issues, which may include infectious disease, nutritional deficiency, chronic disease and mental health problems. Emergency pharmacists are playing an important role in refugee communities in optimising the use of medicines to help sustain the health of their patients.


09:00 – 09:10 Introduction by the chairs

  1. 09:10 – 09:45 Non-government organisation pharmacist fighting cholera crisis in Yemen
    Pernille Miller (Médecins Sans Frontières, Denmark)
  2. 09:45 – 10:20 Update on the Syrian refugee situation: Lebanese pharmacists’ perspective
    Nisreen Mourad (Lebanese International University, Lebanon)

10:20 – 10:40 Coffee/tea break

10:40 – 11:15

  1. Japanese Red Cross pharmacist’s role in Rohingya refugee camps
    Eiko Kobayashi (Japanese Red Cross, Japan)
  2. 11:15 – 11:50 Saving children’s lives: Deployment to the Democratic Republic of The Congo
    Petra Straight (Save the Children, UK)

11:50 – 11:55 Conclusion by the chairs

11:55 – 12:00 Room refresh

Learning Objectives

At the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the role of an emergency pharmacist in refugee situations
  2. Explain the experiences gained on deployments or on a specific deployment(s) that an emergency pharmacist has undertaken
  3. Explain the lessons learnt from deployments.

Type of session: Knowledge-based