Rising to the challenge: reducing the global burden of disease.
During the 2016 FIP Congress in Buenos Aires, Argentina pharmacists and pharmaceutical scientists will rise to the challenge to reduce the global disease burden. Are you prepared to take this challenge?
Of the top 10 causes of death around the world, nine are diseases. Heart disease, stroke, HIV/AIDS, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, lung cancer, diabetes and diarrheal diseases are among this list. But the burden of disease is not just about the years of life lost due to death; it is also about years lost due to living in less than full health. As a result, there has been an effort to change from a sickness care model to a health model. Our role in improving the outcomes of treatments is the essence of the pharmacy profession and of pharmaceutical scientists. Creating, preparing and providing medicines is based on this role. Moving from a sickness model to a health model means that pharmacy is also now about disease prevention and health promotion.
Pharmaceutical scientists, pharmacists and pharmacy educators are dedicated to integrating evidence-based practice to improve the use of medicines. Innovation that creates new treatment options with medicines, collaborative practices (not only within health professionals, but also individuals and communities themselves), practices that improve the use of medicines, prevention (of both diseases and complications from existing disease) and public health programmes all have the potential to reduce the global burden of disease.
The International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) and the Confederaçion Farmacéutica Argentina (COFA) invite you to Buenos Aires, the dynamic capital of Argentina and home of the tango. Come and be captivated by the lively atmosphere in this elegant city, the gateway to South America, where plains, vineyards, jungles and great rivers await discovery