International Pharmaceutical Students' Federation

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Seventy-second World Health Assembly (A72/1)
Agenda Item: 
12.8 Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health (2016–2030)

The International Pharmaceutical Students’ Federation (IPSF) represents over 350,000 pharmacy students and recent graduates in 90 countries worldwide.

Countless women face mortality issues related to non-communicable diseases like cancer, lack of access to contraceptives, and violence. Furthermore, many children and adolescents are exposed to poor nutritional conditions, and child abuse. We would like to commend WHOs efforts on implementing guidance for national strategies and policies to improve quality of care.

However, these populations still experience a lack of access to essential primary healthcare services. This shows that there is a need to review current policies and practices to develop and expand community-centred healthcare services for optimizing health outcomes among these populations.

As one of the easily accessible healthcare professionals, pharmacists should be integrated into services at community and individual levels in collaboration with other primary health-care providers. Interdisciplinary collaborations will enhance access and delivery of quality care to these populations. Equipped with knowledge about medicines and contraception, pharmacists can directly offer medication counselling and family planning.

In this regard, IPSF is committed to help educate women, children and adolescents on sexual and reproductive health. Through public health campaigns, IPSF offers complimentary health screening services to these populations and promotes the importance of well-balanced nutrition, vaccinations, and mental health to women and adolescents.

IPSF calls on Member States and stakeholders to mobilize the health workforce and leverage their knowledge, skills and expertise, in the endeavour to end discrimination in all forms as well as to achieve transparency and accountability for women’s, children’s and adolescents’ health.