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4 March 2020 

Prioritise support for healthcare workers in the front-line against coronavirus, says WHPA

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The World Health Professions Alliance (WHPA) is calling on governments and healthcare organisations to support front-line healthcare workers in any way they can, but especially and urgently through the supply of crucial personal protective equipment.

The WHPA, of which FIP is a founding member, is also urging governments to ensure that healthcare staff are getting adequate breaks during their shifts, and time off between shifts, to be able to carry on in what could be a long-term global crisis.

FIP CEO Catherine Duggan said: “Pharmacists and the pharmacy workforce at community and hospital pharmacies and clinical biology laboratories are preventing the spread of the new coronavirus disease, advising the public, and supporting the efficient management of infection by healthcare systems. Since pharmacies are often the first point of contact with the health system, we call on governments to support them in these roles and to count on pharmacists worldwide as key partners in the global effort to contain the outbreak.”

Read the full statement, released today, here:

Last update 15 May 2019

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