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World Pharmacists Day – 25 September

In 2009 the International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) officially designated the 25th of September of each year as World Pharmacists Day. This day was adopted to raise awareness of the role of the pharmacist in healthcare and to further this exact role through increased community involvement of pharmacists on national and local levels. As a proud and active FIP member organisation, the Pharmaceutical Society of South Africa (PSSA) is pleased to participate in World Pharmacists Day and further the shared goal of increased pharmacists' involvement in the betterment of patient health and their recognition for such services.

The 2018 theme for World Pharmacists Day is: "Pharmacist - your medicines expert".

PSSA activities planned for 2018

You as member of PSSA can participate in World Pharmacist Day in any of the following ways:

Expert statement(s) postcards: At the 2018 SAAHIP Conference, SAACP Symposium and PSSA Conference, each delegate will receive a World Pharmacists Day postcard on which he/she should note down what makes them a medicines expert together with their postal details. The completed postcard should be placed in the World Pharmacists Day postbox and the PSSA will post each postcard in August 2018 to the delegates to reach them before 25 September to remind them of the things that make them a medicines expert.

Photo booth at PSSA Conference: Each delegate at the PSSA Conference will have the opportunity to take photos at the World Pharmacists Day photo booth holding a speech bubble with the 2018 theme in one of the eleven official languages of South Africa. We need your assistance in ensuring the correct translation of the 2018 theme to our offical languages (Afrikaans, Xhosa, Zulu, Southern Sotho, Tswana, Northern Sotho, Venda, Tsonga, Swati, Ndebele). If you have any suggestions or input, please forward them to Mariet Eksteen at profoffice@pharmail.co.za 

Social media awareness: Once you receive your postcard or have your photo with the speech bubble, post this on your social media platforms (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter) using the hashtags #WPD2018 and #worldpharmacistsday.

The PSSA National office will conduct the following activities on behalf of our members:

Promotion Video on World Pharmacists Day in South Africa: This video will be used to showcase World Pharmacists Day in South Africa to the public, the profession and the world.

Press releases: The PSSA will distribute press releases on World Pharmacist Day to the media containing correct and relevant information.

Social media awareness: Several Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts will be used to distribute awareness of World Pharmacists Day to the public and the profession.

PSSA Newsletter: An official newsletter will be distributed to PSSA members with all the relevant information, what we did, what the outcome of our activities were, press release information and marketing material.

Interviews: Live interviews on Tuesday 25 September to emphasise this important day.

Report: An official World Pharmacists Day report will be documented of which a copy will be sent to the International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP).

Report of outcomes

Feedback on activities will be posted here as soon as they become available.

Future activities

Information on what PSSA plan for the 2019 World Pharmacists Day will be made available as soon as possible.