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Understanding and managing headaches in the community: Therapeutic approaches and advancements in the African region
Pain is a common symptom of a range of conditions or situations, and can manifest and be experienced with different intensities, from mild discomfort to highly incapacitating. A particular type of pain that often leads to consultations to pharmacists and the use of self-care medicines is headache. Relieving headaches and regaining mental clarity are important for patient wellbeing and productivity, and pharmacists can play a role in advising on the most appropriate strategies and therapeutic approaches that are suitable for each patient.
1. Provide insights of the therapeutic approaches and advancements used in the management of headaches.
2. Understand the role of non-prescription medicine as a tool in headache self-care
3. Identify the role of pharmacists in supporting the self-care of headache, through a regional lens.
- Prosper Hiag, Member of the Council of the FIPm President African Pharmaceutical Forum (APF), Cameroon
-Takuya Kumamoto, Professor Chair, FIP Special Interest Group on New Medicines, Hiroshima, Japan
- Luminita Constantin, Global Medical Lead CHC Pain
- Peter Goadsby, Director of NIHR Clinical Research Facility & Professor of Neurology King’s College (UK), United Kingdom
- Machi Hampango, Head Of Pharmacy Practice and Clinical Pharmacy, Faculty of Pharmacy, Nutrition and Dietetics, Lusaka Apex Medical University, Zambia