Air pollution

The global threat of air pollution and its impact on patient care” programme

6 to 10 September 2021

The World Health Organization (WHO) listed air pollution and climate change as one of the top ten threats to global health. According to WHO, air pollution is the greatest environment risk to health, with nine out of 10 people breathing in polluted air every day.1-3

There is, therefore, a clear need for pharmacists not only to respond to and manage respiratory illnesses and symptoms, but also to support proactive respiratory wellness.

The International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) and The Clean Breathing Institute (TCBI) initiated a collaboration in 2019 to discuss and support the role that pharmacists may play in mitigating the impact of air pollution on health and providing counselling and care to patients in this area.  

7 September is the United Nations’ International Day of Clean Air for Blue Skies. To mark this occasion, FIP is launching the call to action “Mobilising pharmacists across our communities to mitigate the impact of air pollution on health”.

We invite to read this call to action, available in the following languages, and to share it with your colleagues.

Arabic
https://www.fip.org/file/5032
Chinese
https://www.fip.org/file/5025
English
https://www.fip.org/file/5024
French
https://www.fip.org/file/5031
Portuguese
https://www.fip.org/file/5027
Russian
https://www.fip.org/file/5026
Spanish
https://www.fip.org/file/5030

Based on this call to action, we encourage you to commit to key action points put together in a pledge that you can find below. Please support this pledge by sharing it via your social media accounts throughout this week, and inspiring others to take the same commitment. Download the pledge from HERE.


Download & Share on social media!

The call to action was developed by a group of experts who met in May and June at a roundtable organised in collaboration with The Clean Breathing Institute. You may read the roundtable report here.

Further information can be found in the report, “Mitigating the impact of air pollution on health: The role of community pharmacists”, published in October 2020. This report presents the findings of an international survey on the awareness and roles of community pharmacists related to air pollution and respiratory health. Responses were received from 62 countries and territories.


[1-3]

1. World Health Organization. Ten threats to global health in 2019. [Online].; 2019 [cited 2020 October 3. Available from: https://www.who.int/news-room/spotlight/ten-threats-to-global-health-in-2019.

2. World Health Organization Regional Office for Africa. Air pollution – Fact sheet. [Online].; 2020 [cited 2020 October 6. Available from: https://www.afro.who.int/health-topics/air-pollution.

3. World Health Organization. 9 out of 10 people worldwide breathe polluted air, but more countries are taking action. [Online].; 2018 [cited 2020 October 3. Available from: https://www.who.int/news-room/detail/02-05-2018-9-out-of-10-people-worldwide-breathe-polluted-air-but-more-countries-are-taking-action.

Community pharmacy roles, services and tools to minimise impact of air pollution on health

A webinar organised by:
12 August 2021

Health systems and health care professionals are called upon to address and mitigate the impact of air pollution on people’s health and quality of life. There is an evolving role for community pharmacists, not only in reactive respiratory illness, but also in supporting proactive individual and community respiratory wellness. This webinar will provide examples of services that pharmacists can deliver to support better breathing.

Learning objectives:
- Describe the role that pharmacists can play in mitigating air pollution in the community.
- Identify the different tools available to pharmacists to enable the reduction of the impact of air pollution in the community.
- Understand the various arrays of services that community pharmacists can employ in supporting better breathing.

Modetaror:
- Lars-Åke Söderlund, President, Community Pharmacy Section, FIP - Sweden

Panellists:
- Daniella Munene, CEO Pharmaceutical Society of Kenya - Kenya
- Job F.M. van Boven, Chair of the Dutch Respiratory Pharmacists Group, Royal Dutch Pharmacist Association - The Netherlands
- Emilio Santoro, Medical Affairs Principal Scientist, Respiratory and Skin Health, Global Category, GSK Research & Development - United Kingdom

Community pharmacy roles, services and tools to minimise impact of air pollution on health

A webinar organised by:
12 August 2021

Health systems and health care professionals are called upon to address and mitigate the impact of air pollution on people’s health and quality of life. There is an evolving role for community pharmacists, not only in reactive respiratory illness, but also in supporting proactive individual and community respiratory wellness. This webinar will provide examples of services that pharmacists can deliver to support better breathing.

Learning objectives:
- Describe the role that pharmacists can play in mitigating air pollution in the community.
- Identify the different tools available to pharmacists to enable the reduction of the impact of air pollution in the community.
- Understand the various arrays of services that community pharmacists can employ in supporting better breathing.

Modetaror:
- Lars-Åke Söderlund, President, Community Pharmacy Section, FIP - Sweden

Panellists:
- Daniella Munene, CEO Pharmaceutical Society of Kenya - Kenya
- Job F.M. van Boven, Chair of the Dutch Respiratory Pharmacists Group, Royal Dutch Pharmacist Association - The Netherlands
- Emilio Santoro, Medical Affairs Principal Scientist, Respiratory and Skin Health, Global Category, GSK Research & Development - United Kingdom

Community pharmacy roles, services and tools to minimise impact of air pollution on health

A webinar organised by:
12 August 2021

Health systems and health care professionals are called upon to address and mitigate the impact of air pollution on people’s health and quality of life. There is an evolving role for community pharmacists, not only in reactive respiratory illness, but also in supporting proactive individual and community respiratory wellness. This webinar will provide examples of services that pharmacists can deliver to support better breathing.

Learning objectives:
- Describe the role that pharmacists can play in mitigating air pollution in the community.
- Identify the different tools available to pharmacists to enable the reduction of the impact of air pollution in the community.
- Understand the various arrays of services that community pharmacists can employ in supporting better breathing.

Modetaror:
- Lars-Åke Söderlund, President, Community Pharmacy Section, FIP - Sweden

Panellists:
- Daniella Munene, CEO Pharmaceutical Society of Kenya - Kenya
- Job F.M. van Boven, Chair of the Dutch Respiratory Pharmacists Group, Royal Dutch Pharmacist Association - The Netherlands
- Emilio Santoro, Medical Affairs Principal Scientist, Respiratory and Skin Health, Global Category, GSK Research & Development - United Kingdom