The Malaysian Pharmacists Society (MPS) hosted the 28th Federation of Asian Pharmaceutical Associations (FAPA) Congress and the Malaysian Pharmacists Society National Pharmacists Convention (MPS NPC) 2022 to to optimise collaborations within the healthcare fraternity and ensure sustainability in building better health systems across the world.
Held from 8 to 12 November 2022 at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, the FAPA Congress and MPS NPC 2022 was deemed the largest hybrid congress involving international pharmacists post-COVID19 pandemic as they both welcomed 1500 delegates (both virtual and physical) from 23 countries worldwide.
More than 46 international speakers were gathered during the 5-day international event, which consisted of FAPA meetings, plenary sessions, lectures and symposiums to enlighten the crowd with their acumen. The theme of this year’s event, “Pharmacists Building Better Health Systems” established that sessions throughout the congress mainly revolved around the evolution of pharmacists’ roles from the past, as well as how the evolving roles of pharmacists could shape the future landscape of the healthcare system as a key stakeholder.
The Organising Chairperson, Mr. Jack Shen Lim, highlighted that the theme was indeed prescient as it was crafted in 2019 before the rise of the global pandemic. MPS President, Mr. Amrahi Buang, commended the efforts taken by the Malaysian pharmacists in the betterment of local health systems via various initiatives in the wake of COVID-19 pandemic, and urged that pharmacists should continue adopting a “Whole of Society , Whole of Nation” approach to provide person-centered care to their patients.
President of FAPA, Dr. Yolanda R. Robles, applauded that despite the influx of infodemic and chaotic healthcare environment due to the COVID-19 pandemic in the past, pharmacists were able to appreciate and recognise the strengths and importances of the healthcare system which “stood out from the crisis” in delivering pharmaceutical services and products. Delegates were urged to treasure the opportunity in the congress to learn from other counterparts on how they “valiantly traverse the pandemic with a myriad of positive interventions”.