In the summer of 2015, I went on a holiday to India for 6 weeks to visit my family and friends. Little did I know I was going to be involved in a public health awareness campaign which was an amazing life experience. As a part of the 61st International Pharmaceutical Students Federation (IPSF) World Congress, I visited a small secondary school in Hyderabad, India to conduct my first ever Pubic Awareness Campaign.

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Back in November we launched a new initiative – the BPSA Monthly Campaigns. The idea of the campaigns was to provide a talking point, picking a different theme each month, to encourage you all to get involved with the wider profession and share your views.

The first campaign focused on pharmacy student numbers and degree entry requirements. The campaign ran predominantly on social media, and was intended as an opportunity for students to share their views on the subject. We had a great response from you all, and you can have a look at the discussions and comments under #BPSACampaign on Twitter and Facebook if you didn’t get the chance to get involved.

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As a BPSA member there are many international events and activities that you can be involved in. Through your BPSA membership, You are automatically a member of the International Pharmaceutical Students’ Federation (IPSF). IPSF represent over 350,000 pharmacy students from over 80 countries worldwide. They aim to educate, represent students, aid networking and facilitate the exchange of ideas between member associations. Interestingly, If we delve back into IPSF’s history, you will discover that our very own BPSA Executive founded the IPSF during the 6th BPSA Annual Conference in London, 1949.

One of the highlights in the IPSF calendar year is the IPSF World Congress. The World Congress is a 10-day event, which takes place in various countries around the world between July-August. The congress is packed with activities for you to get involved in. The Educational & Scientific Symposia days give you the chance to learn from leading professionals. On other days you will find workshops that allow you to tailor your learning to your own interests. The General Assembly will run alongside the workshops for the duration of the congress, this is where official delegates from IPSF member countries pass motions and agree on official business much like at BPSA annual conference.

 

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