CASPPER and the CPA Sign MOU to Collaborate on pharmacy workforce development in Sri Lanka
This MOU marks the commitment of both organisations to work collaboratively in Sri Lanka around creating continuing education for pharmacists, undertaking and sharing research, disseminating best practice and promoting/facilitating interventions that enhance the use of medicines and the pharmacy profession.
CPA is a resource and support network for professional pharmacy associations and individual pharmacists, empowering Pharmacists to improve health and well being throughout the Commonwealth.
CASPPER is a collaborative of pharmacy and medical academic clinicians who have been working in Sri Lanka for over 15 years supporting undergraduate Bachelor of Pharmacy Programs by delivering clinical teaching and up skilling and supporting local educators and academics.
They have also supported and directly supervised research projects that are consistently demonstrating the benefits of clinical pharmacists working with the medical and nursing teams to improve Sri Lankan patients’ healthcare.
“The CPA welcomes the recognition of the relationship that has developed with CASPPER through the creation of this MOU. The collaboration aims to leverage the strengths of both organisations and support the development of the pharmacy workforce in Sri Lanka, building on the reputations of both organisations and the long standing work of CASPPER in Sri Lanka. There is a clear alignment in the strategic goals of both organisations, paving the way for an exciting and fruitful collaboration.” said Victoria Rutter, CPA Chief Executive Officer.
The collaboration aims to leverage the strengths of both organisations and support the development of the pharmacy workforce in Sri Lanka, building on the reputations of both organisations and the long standing work of CASPPER in Sri Lanka.
Victoria Rutter, Executive Director at the CPA.
About the CPA
Established in 1969, the Commonwealth Pharmacists Association (CPA) is the professional body for national pharmacy associations in Commonwealth countries. The CPA advances health, promotes wellbeing, and improves education for the benefit of the people of the Commonwealth, which encompass some of the world’s poorest nations. The CPA supports the development of safe and effective systems of medicines management, healthier lifestyles, and the reduction of health inequalities. This is achieved through building strong collaborative networks, partnering with member organizations to improve the quality of pharmacy practice and creating platforms for the dissemination of knowledge about pharmaceutical sciences and professional practice.
CASPPER – (Collaboration of Australians and Sri Lankans for Pharmacy Practice, Education and Research) is an international partnership of clinicians, educators and researchers mainly from Australia, Sri Lanka, and UK. We aim to develop clinical pharmacy services through education and research, in order to enhance health outcomes in Sri Lanka. The group started in 2009. We have taught in the University of Sri Jayawardenapura, and the University of Peradeniya and supported research at the Universities of Kelaniya and Peradeniya and Sri Jayewardenepura. CASPPER has also ran train the trainer workshops for academics from all of the universities delivering the Bachelor of Pharmacy program.