E17 FIP-WHO session: How are FIP and WHO improving global health together?

Tuesday 30 August 2016
Hilton Buenos Aires : Pacifico B, 1.5 hours

Organised by FIP and WHO


The World Health Organization (WHO) is an intergovernmental agency specialised in health matters and belonging to the United Nations family. WHO is involved at global level through its headquarters in Geneva (Switzerland), through Regional Offices (the world is divided in 6 regions) and at national levels through WHO country offices. It was founded in 1948. Since the creation of WHO, FIP has held a status of a non-governmental organisation in official relations with the WHO. Around 190 other non-governmental organisations are in official relations with WHO. FIP is currently the only global pharmacists association in official relations with WHO. This session will introduce the WHO role and work. The session will further outline the policy-making process at WHO global level, and show examples of FIP’s collaboration with the WHO. 


Learning objectives

At the conclusion of this knowledge-based session, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify the role of WHO
  2. Outline the policy-making process at global health agenda
  3. Describe the value and benefits of the FIP-WHO collaboration and its relevance for the daily pharmacy practice
  4. List examples of contribution of pharmacists and pharmaceutical scientists at global health policy level



Sabine Kopp (WHO, Switzerland)



1)      Introduction by the Chair


2)      What is WHO and what is its role?

Sabine Kopp (WHO, Switzerland)


3)      Policy-making process at WHO

Andy Gray (University of Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa)


4)      FIP-WHO collaboration

Zuzana Kusynová (FIP, Netherlands)


5)      Discussion and Q&A