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Empowering pharmacists to support tobacco cessation in Southeast Asia

27 June 2024


In the South-East Asia Region, 26.5% of people aged 15 years and over were current tobacco users. Given the global and regional prevalence and burden of tobacco use, particularly as a risk factor for noncommunicable diseases, it is important that the role of pharmacists in this area is expanded and consolidated. FIP and the SEARPharm Forum invite you to join this event to learn more about the burden of tobacco use in the South-East Asia region and the role that pharmacists can play in tobacco cessation. The event will include insights from the WHO Regional Office, country examples of pharmacist services and the presentation of FIP resources to advance tobacco cessation through pharmacists.

Moderator:
- Venkata Narayana Tanniru, President Indian Pharmaceutical Association, FIP South-East Asian Pharmaceutical Forum (SEARPharm Forum), India

Panellists:
- Jagdish Kaur, Regional Adviser, Tobacco Free initiative, Southeast Asia Regional Office of the World Health Organization (WHO SEARO), India
- Vindya Pathiraja, Head of the Department and Senior Lecturer University of Ruhuna and Pharmaceutical Society of Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka
- Audrey Clarissa, Vice Secretary General, Ikatan Apoteker, Indonesia
- Wirat Tongrod, Lecturer, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Huachiew Chalermprakiet University, Thailand
- Inês Nunes da Cunha, FIP Practice Development and Transformation Projects Manager FIP, The Netherlands