International Pharmaceutical Students' Federation

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Meeting: 
Seventy-second World Health Assembly (A72/1)
Agenda Item: 
12.3 Human resources for health
Statement: 

The International Pharmaceutical Students’ Federation strongly believes that education, workforce planning and capacity building for health care is crucial in the development of a competent health workforce and should be based on inter-professional models, putting the patient at the centre of the care.

As the leading pharmaceutical students’ organisation, IPSF has the strongest impact on the future and new health workforce. Through projects in the fields of pharmacy education, professional development and public health, as well as giving pharmacy students an avenue for a global network, IPSF enhances its members’ professional competence both locally and globally. IPSF also proactively contributes to reforms in pharmacy education and was involved in providing input on the Nanjing Statements on Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Education, which has laid out a vision for the future of pharmacy education, in line with the dynamic nature of the pharmacy profession and health care.

Being members of the future and new health workforce, we strongly urge Member States and educational stakeholders to invest in capacity building and continuous education of pharmaceutical students and young professionals, to bridge the gaps and address the shortfall of health workforce globally by addressing the quality of services, especially those provided by pharmacy professionals. With the rapidly changing global health landscape, it is important to ensure that the health workforce is prepared to respond and adapt to future health needs.

We would also like to stress that strengthening of the health workforce, most especially empowering youth and the young health workforce, will inevitably lead to socioeconomic development, productivity, and economic growth, across all sectors. With this we call on Member States to ensure decent jobs and working conditions for early careers health workers, especially in areas where they are most needed.