D6 - Finding the humanitarian face of pharmacy

Paris 1

Organised by the FIP Community Pharmacy Section in collaboration with FIP’s Military and Emergency Pharmacy Section


Melanie Morrow, Royal Darwin Hospital, Australia


The role of pharmacists in humanitarian causes and natural disasters is continuing to evolve as organisers and policymakers understand the value that pharmacists bring to those various events. In some cases, pharmacists volunteer from a purely selfless internal motive to help; in other cases, there is an organised political requirement for pharmacy to be included in the medical team assigned to provide relief and support to some event. This session showcases how pharmacists have gone beyond their daily activities to offer humanitarian support, as well as the Global need and value to engage pharmacists in refugee crisis or natural disasters.





  1. Refuge for the refugees: A military pharmacist on serving the Rohingya people at Cox’s Bazar
    Manvikram Singh Gill, Royal Medical and Dental Corps (RMDC) of the Malaysian Armed Forces (MAF), Malaysia
  2. In the middle of the hurricane
    Sven Norrman, University of Florida, USA

Learning Objectives

At the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe and develop the role of pharmacists in humanitarian responses
  2. To raise awareness of the challenges that medicines pose and pharmacists face in humanitarian responses
  3. Describe how pharmacists can get involved in humanitarian projects
  4. Provide opportunities for networking amongst pharmacists with humanitarian work experience or an interest in this area

Type of session: Application-based