Did you know that…
$25 can provide enough erythromycin to treat 17 patients with an infection?
$10 will provide paracetamol to relieve the pain suffered by 17 patients for one week?
$1.6 can provide enough folic acid to reduce the chances of 11 babies being born with neural tube defects. In developing countries people with disabilities are isolated from their communities and this small amount WILL change their lives.
Did you know that diarrhoea is the second biggest killer of children under 5? 1.5 million people die of diarrhoea every year all around the world and just $1 can treat 100 people with diarrhoea!*
*Figures taken from data collected during IPSF’s Mobile Pharmacy in Northern Uganda Project.
As IPSF is the main advocate for pharmacy students, one of our aims is to promote improved public health through the provision of education, information, networking and a range of publication and professional activities. The importance of pharmacists in the provision of healthcare is a factor that many pharmacy students feel strongly about. As students we do not only have a moral responsibility but also a professional responsibility to work with other healthcare professionals to provide health services for those who need them. Many of us are in a position that we sometimes take for granted. We have one of the most powerful tools at our disposal-we have an education. And with that we have the ability to make a difference to peoples’ lives. For example through promotion of blood donation campaigns like the Vampire Cup project we can save lives by providing blood to those who need it. Currently 96% of us rely on the other 4% to provide blood. Through promoting hygiene and sanitation we can save lives and reduce deaths from diarrhoeal diseases by teaching people about the importance of clean water. Providing books to children who lack access to them will encourage learning and education and can help people to help themselves.
Just a little effort from us can mean a world of difference to someone else. The Humanitarian Subcommittee is developing campaigns for you to get involved in. For further information please visit humanitarian.ipsf.org.
For more information, please contact our IPSF Humanitarian Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
‘When systems are broken like the ones we are seeing around the world it’s an opportunity for invention and for innovation. It’s an opportunity to build a world where we can extend services to all human beings. It’s where dignity starts. We owe it to those less fortunate in the world. We owe it to ourselves.’
-Jacqueline Novogratz, Founder of the Acumen Fund.
01/06/2011 Books for Africa Project
ProjectThis year, the Humanitarian Subcommittee launches a new kind of campaign: a BOOK drive for African children.
Book donation is a simple act that can help heal one of Africa's largest scars: Illiteracy. As students, we believe that education is the key to a better life and with knowledge, man can overcome many difficulties.
The Humanitarian Subcommittee members invite you to conduct this campaign in your home association. By joining efforts from different countries, we can improve many children's life and education.
An old book may not be a big deal to most of us but it has certainly a lot to offer to a child who is thirsty for knowledge. So let's enlighten their lives! As an Arabic quote says: "knowledge is the light".
You will find in the KIT the pre-campaign newsletter, booklet, useful materials and advice to conduct this campaign.
Don't forget to take as many pictures as you can and to share your work with us!
27/04/2011 Criteria update
In the spirit of the Vampire Cup (VC), we are delighted to announce the expansion of the VC competition criteria to include any blood donations running between January 1, 2011 to June 20, 2011.
For any blood donation drives that go beyond the 6 weeks duration, the first 6 weeks of the blood drive would be counted.
We invite all associations to consider joining us for the first annual IPSF Vampire Cup competition.
Application deadline: May 6, 2011
Please find HERE the most updated Vampire Cup Competition Criteria. We look forward to receiving your association's application!
03/04/2011 Vampire Cup Competition: Official Launch
On behalf of the International Pharmaceutical Students' Federation (IPSF)’s humanitarian subcommittee, I am writing to invite you and your association to join us for this year’s Vampire Cup project, an international blood donation drive.
Donating blood is a very important action that can make a large impact in a community. Each unit of blood can help save up to three lives.
The IPSF’s humanitarian subcommittee recognizes how blood donation is a lifesaving outreach that can be easily performed by many members of the community, but is often under recognized. In an effort to encourage blood donation, IPSF will be hosting our first annual International Vampire Cup blood donation drive.
We are inviting all associations to join us in this worthwhile international project. We welcome pharmacy associations to join in all capacities and encourage you to consider running your own blood donation drive as this is a simple project that can benefit many people.
FOR THOSE OF YOU INTERESTED IN PARTICIPATING IN THE VAMPIRE CUP competition this year, PLEASE EMAIL: email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
Please also read our VC Competition Criteria and find out how you can take part in the competition. DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS IS APRIL 22, 2011.
In order to better support your blood donation drive, our humanitarian subcommittee has prepared a campaign kit HERE, which will hopefully help you in the planning of your own Vampire Cup.
Should you have any further questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to email us at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.