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New Vice President of FIP for 2020 – 2024 elected, know who!

By Jahanbee Gupta

Manjiri Gharat, VP & Chairperson, Community Pharmacy Division of Indian Pharmaceutical Association (IPA), has been elected as Vice President of the International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) for 2020 – 2024 during the elections held by electronic voting on September12, 2020, at FIP Council virtual meeting. IPA had nominated Gharat for the FIP Bureau elections.

She is the first woman pharmacy professional from India to be elected as FIP Vice President. In the past, Praful Sheth had been Vice‐President of FIP for the term 2006 – 2010 & 2010 ‐ 2014. The International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) is a global body representing over four million pharmacists and pharma scientists. It is a non‐governmental organization that has been in official relations with the World Health Organization since 1948.

Gharat has been the Vice President & Chairperson, Community Pharmacy Division of IPA since 2012. As an academician and community pharmacy leader, she has worked with students and practicing pharmacists which have helped her to understand the ground-level realities of pharmacy education and practice in India. Over the last decade, she has advocated for a larger role for pharmacists in national health programs, particularly in the National Tuberculosis Control Programme.

She contributes significantly to IPA’s National Pharmacy Week (NPW) activities and leads IPA’s campaign for consumers, CARUM i.e. Campaign for Awareness on Responsible Use of Medicines. She is a pharma columnist in leading regional newspapers and uses print and electronic media to create awareness about the role of the pharmacist and the Responsible use of medicines in the community. She has received FIP Fellow Award in 2016 and Ishidate Award from the Federation of Asian Pharmaceutical Association (FAPA) in 2018 for her contribution to the pharmacy profession. She plans to work along with Member Organisations of FIP to improve the pharmacy practice in the SEA region to further the FIP’s mission of advancing pharmacy practice worldwide.

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