Getting pharmacy resources to where they are most needed
PharmAid is our annual charitable initiative to supply recent versions of medicines information resources such as the British National Formulary (BNF) to low- and middle-income countries. Working with a range of partners, we collect good condition texts from British pharmacies for redistribution around the Commonwealth. Without PharmAid, many pharmacists would not have access to the latest information on prescribing and pharmacology.
Access to up-to-date medicines information is the bedrock of safe pharmacy practice. For almost 40 years, our PharmAid scheme has ensured that pharmacists in some of the world’s poorest countries are able to treat their patients safely and effectively.
To date, we have supplied over 200,000 books to 28 Commonwealth countries, more than half of which have gone to the 14 poorest countries.
Saini Kennedy L., President, Pharmaceutical Society Zambia
The CPA’s PhamAid scheme is extremely important for the Pharmaceutical Society of Zambia (PSZ) as it gives an opportunity for the members of the pharmacy profession – especially vulnerable groups such as pharmacy training institutions and students – to receive free reference materials that enhance the quality of patient care. The CPA's continuous support to the PSZ over many years now has been extremely helpful to our members and we commend the CPA for this gesture. Furthermore, we implore the CPA to continue this support and, if possible, increase the range of materials in the future to allow for more beneficiaries and enhanced impact.
PharmAid: how you can help
If you’re a UK pharmacist, simply keep hold of your recently superseded BNFs and Martindales (we specify which editions can be submitted before each collection). Collection usually takes place around March. Subscribe to our PharmAid mailing list to be notified of upcoming collections and other PharmAid news.
William James Tamale Bitatule, Head Regions at National Drug Authority, Uganda
The BNFs that are received by The Pharmaceutical Society of Uganda through the PharmAid Scheme have enabled professionals in both the public and private sector access much-needed reference material. The need and access to up to date reference material cannot be overemphasised as it plays an important role in improving Pharmacy practice.
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It costs up to £4 to send one BNF to another Commonwealth country. Your gift enables a healthcare worker to provide evidenced-based, cost-effective care to their patients by providing access to independent medicines information.
Over 80% of recipients stated that the BNF provided through PharmAid was very influential in their practice, and that their practice would not be the same without it.
The continuation of PharmAid relies on your support. Please give what you can.