‘Re­duc­ing dis­ease bur­den in Zim’

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the World Health Or­gan­i­sa­tion (WHO) as one of the build­ing blocks of ef­fec­tive health sys­tems, and their sup­ply and ra­tio­nal use can con­trib­ute to the re­duc­tion in dis­ease bur­den.

The theme “The Phar­ma­cists’ chal­lenge: Re­duc­ing dis­ease bur­den in Zim­babwe” is well placed to prompt the Zim­bab­wean phar­ma­cists to re-de­fine and re-think health is­sues and health ser­vice de­liv­ery in Zim­babwe.

The ul­ti­mate goal of the con­fer­ence is to work out how phar­ma­cists can make a pos­i­tive and last­ing con­tri­bu­tion to the im­prove­ment of health.

The con­fer­ence will look at is­sues re­lated to the en­tire phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal chain, the phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal in­dus­try and will be of­fi­ci­ated by the Hon­ourable Minister of In­dus­try and Trade.

Fea­ture pre­sen­ta­tions will be from the WHO rep­re­sen­ta­tive to Zim­babwe and the Min­istry of Health and Child Care. Is­sues to be dis­cussed in­clude the cur­rent bur­den and pat­tern of dis­ease, how the scope of prac­tice of the phar­ma­cist can be in­creased to im­prove pa­tient out­comes, how local phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal man­u­fac­tur­ing can be im­proved in line with Govern­ment policy, drug pric­ing mod­els in the phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal sec­tor and the ef­fect of drug prices on the avail­abil­ity of medicines. The con­fer­ence will also elab­o­rate on is­sues that the PSZ is do­ing, and will do, that can di­rectly and in­di­rectly re­duce dis­ease bur­den. A spe­cial fea­ture of this year’s con­fer­ence is the pres­ence of the Con­sumer Council of Zim­babwe to rep­re­sent the views of con­sumers and part­ner or­gan­i­sa­tion to talk about their work.

The Phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal So­ci­ety of Zim­babwe was formed in 1898 with the fol­low­ing ob­jec­tives.

Pro­mot­ing the work and obli­ga­tions of the pro­fes­sion.

En­cour­ag­ing good­will among Phar­ma­cists and mem­bers of al­lied pro­fes­sions.

Set­ting stan­dards of prac­tice and sub­scrib­ing to an eth­i­cal code.

Broad­en­ing and in­creas­ing knowl­edge of the art and science of Phar­macy both within and out­side the pro­fes­sion.

Over the years the So­ci­ety has man­aged to bring to­gether phar­ma­cists from man­u­fac­tur­ing, dis­tri­bu­tion and lo­gis­tics, hospi­tal, re­tail, academia and reg­u­la­tory fac­ul­ties and has grown from strength to strength in be­com­ing the of­fi­cial or­gan­i­sa­tion which brings out the col­lec­tive voice of the phar­ma­cist amongst dif­fer­ent stake­hold­ers in­clud­ing the Min­istry of Health and the govern­ment at large.

This year, the Con­fer­ence brings to­gether 200 local phar­ma­cists and var­i­ous phar­ma­cists from the re­gion in­clud­ing phar­ma­cists from Botswana, and Zam­bia. In ad­di­tion to de­lib­er­a­tions, on Sun­day 9 Oc­to­ber the PSZ, in col­lab­o­ra­tion with var­i­ous part­ners, will be host­ing an inau­gu­ral fund-rais­ing fun run/walk start­ing at 6AM un­der the theme: “Run against drug abuse”.

This project will be to raise funds for the PSZ pro­gramme: Phar­ma­cists against drug abuse. The in­ten­tion is to have this fun run/walk as an an­nual event with more run­ners and peo­ple par­tic­i­pat­ing.

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