International Pharmaceutical Students' Federation

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Meeting: 
144th session of the Executive Board<br>24 January - 1 February 2019
Agenda Item: 
5.8.1 Antimicrobial resistance
Statement: 

It is my great honour to speak on behalf of The International Pharmaceutical Students’ Federation (IPSF), the leading international advocacy organisation representing over 350,000 pharmacy students and recent graduates in 90 countries worldwide.

Antimicrobial resistance threatens the very core of modern medicine as we know it. The misuse and overuse of effective antimicrobial drugs puts every nation at risk from infectious diseases. Globally, pharmacists are instrumental in their role against AMR through counselling patients, promoting antimicrobial stewardship, providing prescribing advice and developing antimicrobial policies.

As representatives of pharmacy students and recent graduates IPSF is committed to contributing towards the global response to AMR by planning and executing awareness campaigns that reach local, regional, and global levels. Our engagement in such activities helps change public perception, highlights inadequate standards of prescription, and prevents inappropriate self-medication. IPSF also works collaboratively with students from various other professions such as medicine, veterinary and dentistry on AMR awareness programs.

It is clear, there is no simple solution to AMR, no single approach for this global health issue! Speaking as a youth association, the actions we take against AMR today affect the consequences of our tomorrow. Therefore IPSF strongly advocates for a “One Health” approach and endorses the WHO’s global action plan on AMR as the blueprint to address this challenge nationally and globally. IPSF would also like to call on member states and stakeholders to further utilise pharmacists as an educator to the general public and as a core part of multidisciplinary antimicrobial management teams within their local communities and health systems.

Finally, let us congratulate ourselves on what has been achieved so far but let us fully recognise how much remains to be done in the fight against AMR.