We are delighted to announce that the impact of PharmAid, the Commonwealth Pharmacists Association’s (CPA) flagship project, has been presented at FIP the International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) conference in Glasgow. Chloe Tuck presented on “Assessing the impact of medicines information in low-resource settings via the PharmAid scheme” and Dr Amy Chan presented a poster on “Assessing the use of medicines information provided by PharmAid through in-use evaluation in Rwanda”. The research in Rwanda shows that the BNFs supplied through PharmAid provided vital information to help pharmacists provide better care to their patients.
The PharmAid project collects old versions of the British National Formularies (BNF) and British National Formularies for Children (BNFC) that are no longer required in the UK and ships them to where they are needed throughout the Commonwealth. This year 5,627 books were distributed to 11 countries in the Commonwealth, including some of the very poorest nations such as Malawi, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Uganda and Zambia. To date the CPA has provided over 200,000 books to 28 Commonwealth countries.
This year the CPA are very grateful to AAH who collected the books in the UK; they were then distributed in Commonwealth countries by National Pharmacy Associations. The recipient pharmacists are working in medicines information, clinical practice and training environments. These books are a vital resource for pharmacists to allow the better use of medicines and 80% of the PharmAid book recipients believe that the books are ‘very influential’ or that ‘their practice would not be the same without them’. The most frequently sited use of the books is to check dosages for children and safety in pregnancy and lactation.
A pharmacist in Zimbabwe said, “We in Zimbabwe are grateful for the access PharmAid has given us to BNFs, the service has been invaluable, and we could not have afforded to buy a copy each year.”
Raymond Anderson, Immediate Past President (Northern Ireland) said, “PharmAid is a vitally important project and we know that pharmacists across the Commonwealth rely on these books for up to date, reliable medicine information.”
Each year PharmAid costs over £10,000 in shipping and associated costs. The CPA are very grateful to the Bangladesh Pharmaceutical Society who contributed £1,000 to help with these costs.
For more information on PharmAid please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Notes to editors
The Commonwealth Pharmacists Association charity number is 1176132 and is completely reliant on charitable donations
The FIP presentation by Chloe Tuck “Assessing the impact of medicines information in low-resource settings via the PharmAid scheme” took place at 9am on Tuesday 4th September 2018
The poster on “Assessing the use of medicines information provided by PharmAid through in-use evaluation in Rwanda” will available on Wednesday 5th and Thursday 6th September 2018
For more information on PharmAid see https://commonwealthpharmacy.org/what-we-do/pharmaid/
To donate to PharmAid 2019 go to https://www.gofundme.com/v4257r-pharmaid?member=693288