249838 Where there are no pharmacists

Wednesday, November 2, 2011: 9:06 AM

Sarah Andersson, B Phar , MPH , Health Action International, Colombo, Sri Lanka
Beverley Snell, B Pharm, MPH , Health Action International Asia Pacific, Colombo, Sri Lanka
In many low resource and remote settings it is not always possible to have a qualified pharmacist managing medicines; instead health workers, nurses, pharmacy officers, pharmacy technicians and others play this role. Assessments show severe deficiencies in the way medicines are managed and handled in the long chain from medical stores to rural health clinics and finally, to patients. A series of simple steps can be taken to strengthen this chain and improve the quality of use of medicines no matter how remote or rural the community is. Where There Are No Pharmacists (WTANP) was written to demystify medicines and help everyone involved with medicines manage them correctly and safely. Commissioned by Health Action International (HAI) and Third World Network (TWN), written by experts and now available at a subsidized cost for health workers in resource poor settings, WTANP is about managing medicines. It explains how to order, store, prepare, dispense and assist those in the community to use medicines safely and effectively. This handbook is in easy-to-read language and contains many illustrations. A pharmacology and pharmacy glossary provides explanations for technical terms that staff will come across when learning, teaching and referencing. Access to essential, life-saving and quality medicines is every person's right and knowledge associated with medicines should not be a guarded secret among health professionals but freely shared by everyone. People with low literacy can be trusted to grasp what is communicated if the communication tool is comprehensive. Where There Are No Pharmacists is such a tool.

Learning Areas:
Basic medical science applied in public health
Other professions or practice related to public health
Provision of health care to the public

Learning Objectives:
Identify that it is possible for non pharmacists to safely and effectively manage essential medicines with some simple guidance.

Keywords: Pharmacists, Medicine

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am the author of the publication for which I am writing the abstract and am a qualified pharmacist and public health practitioner.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.