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FIP Participates in the Executive Board Meeting of the World Health Organization

From 23rd-25th January FIP representatives attended the 117th Executive Board Meeting of the World Health Organization (WHO), where key topics of discussion included the response to the South Asian earthquake, measures to reduce the risk of global influenza pandemic and to control avian influenza, universal access to HIV/AIDS prevention and smallpox research.

FIP also met with several WHO departments to discuss present and future initiatives. Of key focus was World Health Day, April 7th 2006, and how FIP may best work to encourage all Members to become actively involved. Under the theme of “Working Together for Health”, World Health Day will focus on issues facing the human resources of health professionals on a global scale. The aim of the Federation’s work is to be of value on international, multi-disciplinary levels and FIP looks forward to continuing preparations for World Health Day and to ongoing work in the Human Resources for Health arena. The topic of Health Promotion was also visited and FIP is now preparing for the Nongovernmental Organizations Health Promotion Workshop, From Vision to Action: NGOs Promoting Health in a Globalized World, to take place in February.

A very successful meeting was carried out with the Traditional Medicines Department in which topics, themes, and sessions for the 2007 FIP Congress in Beijing, China were discussed. The 67th FIP Congress will draw attention to the role of pharmacists in helping patients make the best choices while recognising personal, cultural and social beliefs affecting use of Alternative, Complementary and Conventional Medicines. It was discussed how core priorities such as access to medicines, medication safety and pharmacovigilence may be best brought into the realm of traditional medicines in order to offer a comprehensive Congress program. FIP is looking forward to further collaborative efforts in preparation for the Congress in Beijing.

Those in attendance at the WHO Executive Board Meeting report a successful Session and are now moving forward in bringing discussed initiatives to fruition.