The School of Pharmacy at the Lebanese International University represented by the Dean Dr. Mohammad Rahal, Assistant Dean Dr. Samar Younes, Dr. Nisreen Mourad and Dr. Marwan Akel participated in the 76th International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) world Congress of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences that was held in Buenos Aires, Argentina from August 28th till September 1st, 2016.
Under the slogan “Reducing the global burden of disease – Rising to the challenge”, the congress focused on addressing the contribution that pharmacists can make through pharmaceutical services to help achieve health objectives which can be accomplished by advancing pharmacy practice and science to enable better discovery, development, access to and safe use of appropriate, cost-effective, quality medicines worldwide.
Following the successful FIP annual congress in Düsseldorf last year, FIP Buenos Aires was another significant global event in pharmacy and pharmaceutical sciences in 2016. The FIP congress offered five days of sessions, symposia, workshops, discussions and world class social events that brought together over 3,000 participants from diverse areas of pharmacy practice and pharmaceutical sciences.
As in previous years at the FIP World Congress of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, the FIP hosted a Dean’s Forum, inviting all representative Deans from the Faculties and Schools within the Membership to meet each other and discuss current and relevant topics in an international arena. Dr. Rahal participated in this forum where expert speakers from around the world as well as innovative interactive opportunities were featured over the 2-day event. The Deans Forum specifically focused on education and development among schools of pharmacy worldwide by providing a global platform of discussion, leadership and sharing challenges and successes between Deans and Leaders of Academic Institutes.
As part of the practice and education scientific sessions of the congress, Dr. Samar Younes delivered an oral presentation presenting the findings of her study entitled:” Adherence to practice guidelines in hospitalized adult patients with community-acquired pneumonia in Bekaa valley, Lebanon: A prospective study”.
Being a member of the Harm Reduction Working Group, Dr. Akel followed up the progress in collecting and commenting upon the available evidence for the role and impact of pharmacists and their associations in harm reduction programs; and in providing an overview of existing national and regional policies around harm reduction that support pharmacists involvement in such activities.
During the conference, Dr. Mourad presented 2 scientific posters under the titles of: “Influenza Vaccination: Uptake and Attitudes among University Students in Bekaa, Lebanon” and “Preferred Weight Management Strategies among Overweight and Obese Adult Lebanese Population”. In his turn, Dr. Akel also presented 2 scientific posters entitled: ”Interprofessional Healthcare Practice: The Lebanese International University Experience” and “Medication Use in Older Adults: A Cross-Sectional Population Based Study from a Developing Country” and Dr. Younes presented a poster entitled: ”Knowledge and practices of mothers with under-five children on diarrhea management in Lebanon”.
The SOP faculty members participated effectively in the different sessions and lectures, where they met, learned, shared and exchanged views with thousands of attending pharmacists.