(1997; 49 pages)
Significant changes in national health care systems worldwide are fuelling the critical examination of how health professionals are educated and trained, what they learn and how they learn it. The many factors contributing to these changes are presented in the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Ninth General Programme of Work (pages 5-14, Geneva, 1994). It is essential that all health professionals are appropriately and adequately prepared to support a global policy framework for health.
Recent interest in pharmacy as a focal point for a global health policy framework stems from WHO’s Consultative Group in New Delhi (1988) and Tokyo Meeting (1993); and recent WHO collaboration with the work of the International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP), the International Pharmaceutical Students Federation (IPSF) and others. These efforts have been further pursued and supported via regional and national efforts. Sufficient background information exists to provide guidance to pharmaceutical educators regarding the preparation of students for contemporary and future careers.