Disasters and pandemics

As part of this workstream, FIP is continuing to map, track and visualise the key outputs, journeys, and responses we and our member organisations have made, including our contribution to international policy discussions.

How the pharmacy profession around the world responded to the COVID-19 pandemic is detailed in a new report published by FIP in October 2022, 1,000 days since the World Health Organization declared the new coronavirus a Public Health Emergency of International Concern. “The global response of pharmacy to the pandemic: The contribution of the profession to COVID-19” documents the actions taken by FIP since 30 January 2020 to date, describing how the federation supported international solidarity, advocated the value of pharmacy on pandemic response, gathered evidence of impact, and adapted its ways of working.

The report presents the findings of a sample of FIP member organisations on their pandemic activities to February 2022, with information coming from 42 countries and territories. The responses of these national professional organisations included: developing and updating of clinical guidance, public education programmes, providing education for health professionals, facilitating supplies of medicines and personal protective equipment, supporting diagnostic testing and vaccinations in pharmacies, science and research, and progressing changes in law. Organisations’ main challenges during the pandemic, how some of these have been overcome, and their leadership strategies are also shared in the new report. This report is for the entire profession and shares the best practices and lessons from our members worldwide to help prepare for future pandemics and recovery and to build a sustainable approach to future preparedness.

Another report is planned to outline what is needed in order for our profession to be prepared for future pandemics. The reports will provide a strong narrative of pharmacy’s response to the pandemic and be a significant tool to advocate for pharmacists’ roles during COVID-19 and beyond. This work will build on our existing portfolio of publications that supports pharmacists responding to emergencies such as our recently published Global Humanitarian Competency Framework.

You may explore the global response of pharmacy to the pandemic via the following interactive dashboard: The Global Dashboard of Pharmacy’s Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic.