Symposium 1: Universal Health Coverage: Molding Strategies for a More Sustainable Society

Pharmacists have a role in improving professional standards through pharmaceutical education. The FIP Development Goals are crucial strategies that serve as aid in fulfilling the world’s vision. As professionals and future pharmacists, we function in a wide range of areas to serve the people and the society. This can be achieved by understanding Good Pharmacy Practice (GPP) and through promoting patient safety. Moreover, being part of the healthcare system, we are obliged to form good relations with other health professionals. Understanding the importance of interprofessional collaboration in promoting patient-centered care will help lift the barriers and consequences that arise when this strategy is not met. These are the strategies that the participants will be acquainted with as part of pursuing professional development and crossing the boundaries into achieving a more sustainable society.

Symposium 2: Pharmacists in Action: Intersection of Pharmacy and Psychiatry

Being the most accessible healthcare workers, pharmacists play a vital role in addressing mental health problems, especially with its prevalence in today's youth. With the rise of mental health problems amidst the Covid-19 pandemic, pharmacists are expected to step up to take part in solving this problem along with fellow healthcare workers. On the other hand, pharmacists, being drug experts, must be on the forefront in the management of drugs, in ensuring that it must not be misused and abused. Pharmacists, along with fellow health professionals should take part in crafting not only practical but also scientific solutions to substance abuse.

Symposium 3: Be Aware: Current and Emerging Perspectives in COVID-19 Response

Pharmacists have been involved in emergency responses to disasters and pandemics long before COVID-19 struck. Pharmacists have extended their roles in healthcare to support the provision of essential services to their patients. As the most accessible healthcare providers, they are in a unique position to aid affected members of their communities. Improved readiness of pharmacists also allows them to protect themselves from the risks presented by such situations. With the appropriate education and training, pharmacists can ensure the continuity of care even during a crisis.