Pandemic preparedness, response and recovery: Publications

Pandemic preparedness, response and recovery: Lessons learnt for global pharmacy

Following the pandemic, how to continue to lead the profession globally and support our members during those uncertain times became a core priority for FIP in 2023. As we move on from responding directly to COVID-19 to responding to the aftermath and to readying ourselves for future pandemics and health emergencies, FIP sought to derive key lessons, recommendations and considerations for the future in another report, “Pandemic Preparedness, Response and Recovery: Lessons Learnt for Global Pharmacy”. The report is accompanied by a digital supplement on pandemic preparedness, response and recovery, which collates key resources from the global health community, other health professions and key research outputs, and which will continuously be updated to include emerging data and lessons to expand and include more examples from FIP members as the world continues to recover and learn from COVID-19.

The global response of pharmacy to the pandemic: The contribution of the profession to COVID-19

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.