International Pharmaceutical Students' Federation

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Meeting: 
144th session of the Executive Board<br>24 January - 1 February 2019
Agenda Item: 
6.3 Human resources for health
Statement: 

The International Pharmaceutical Students’ Federation (IPSF), which is the voice of over 350,000 pharmacy students and recent graduates in 90 countries worldwide.

The ability to plan, monitor and evaluate health systems is necessary in order to correctly target and assess investments, and therefore represents an essential part of the development of the health workforce.

Countries should agree on a core set of indicators at the national and international levels to effectively monitor and evaluate human resources for health. The most efficient and immediate way to track changes to a health workforce would be to use data from a routine administrative information system, overcoming challenges such as underuse of available data and non-standardised measurement techniques.

As an association which represents students and young professionals, IPSF holds a unique position in our ability to create an impact on the future health workforce. IPSF works to personally and professionally develop its members through three main portfolios - public health, pharmacy education and professional development. We aim to develop members who are future leaders in the health sector and are equipped with the skills and knowledge to compensate for the global health worker shortages.

Finally, IPSF offers a great opportunity to accumulate data on the needs of the future health workforce and emphasize on the crucial role of youth when it comes to investments in human resources for health. As future pharmacists, we encourage Member States and WHO to include pharmacy practice when developing strategy for a more developed and educated health workforce.