WORDS FROM MR. PRESIDENT 2017 AGM & SCIENTIFIC CONFERENCE

Dear cordial members of PST and fellow pharmacist, I wish to inform you that, the 50th PST Scientific Conference and AGM shall be held from 10th to 11th of November 2017 in Dodoma, Tanzania. Taking a journey of more than 50 years since PST established, we will learn and understand how the pharmacy profession and access to medicines have been growing and regulated. Also, how the normative frameworks of pharmacy have changed in Tanzania since 1960’s.

But also understand what forces may be at a play in this transformation, what threats may lie in the horizon, what gaps and opportunities can be harnessed, who the main agents and stakeholders are in those processes and how pharmacists and their organizations have been involved in those change.

Pharmacists will have opportunity to discuss, challenge and urge on effective action to reverse current trends on Antimicrobial Use that leads to Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR). Otherwise we would face a return to the pre-antibiotic era, with simple wounds and infections causing harm and even death and routine medical procedures becoming very high risk.

AMR is a serious challenge, in Tanzania, Africa and globally. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), AMR has already reached alarming levels in many parts of the world. High levels of AMR are bacteria linked to numerous common infections (such as urinary tract infections, pneumonia, tuberculosis and gonorrhea) have been observed in all WHO regions. Resistance to antivirals, such as those used to treat HIV, is also increasing.

AMR is also been addressed in big forums such as G7 and G20, and is already presenting a serious social and economic burden. It is estimated to be responsible for 700,000 deaths per year globally. Inaction is projected to cause millions of deaths globally: it has been estimated that AMR might cause more deaths than cancer by 2050.

Tanzania has developed the National Action Plan on Antimicrobial Resistance (2017 – 2022) which pharmacist and other medical and non-medical professional’s should embrace it.

Lets join our hands together,

 

Michael Kishiwa,

President,

Pharmaceutical Society if Tanzania (PST).

Issued on Friday 25th August 2017.

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