International Pharmaceutical Students' Federation

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Seventy-second World Health Assembly (A72/1)
Agenda Item: 
12.4 Promoting the health of refugees and migrants

It is a great honour to speak on behalf of the International Pharmaceutical Students’ Federation (IPSF), representing over 350 000 pharmaceutical students and recent graduates in 90 countries worldwide.

IPSF believes that every individual should have equal access to quality and essential health services, without being marginalised or put into financial hardship. Forced displacement is difficult and it is the result of challenging, uncontrollable circumstances. Having restraints on one’s liberty and security does not align with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. As the future of the healthcare workforce and a youth organisation we question, how can we help?

Youths are important members of local communities. We can provide assistance on educating refugees about local and national health systems, drug use and health promotion. With the aim to integrate refugees into society and promote healthy habits, IPSF has organised awareness, humanitarian aid and healthcare campaigns. During these campaigns we have contributed to ensuring adequate resources reach refugee in countries in the Middle East and Africa over the past few years.

By utilising pharmacists to consult on developing quality cost-effective care plans, and to coordinate adequate medicine distribution, we may ensure their availability and accessibility during crisis and urgent settings. We urge WHO and member states to engage pharmacists to their full potential of an interprofessional approach to collaborative care, and to leverage their expertise in supply chain and system.

Finally, IPSF strongly encourages member states to ensure that migrants are included in the national health services coverage plans, which would ensure the achievement of the SDG Agenda point of ‘leaving no one behind’. We call to action a functioning, refugee-inclusive health system to implement pharmacy services for refugees and resulting in the success of the Global Action Plan.