Ebola: What can pharmacists do about it?
Pharmacies are often the first point of contact with the health system for patients and people with health-related concerns. Given the current outbreak of the Ebola virus disease (EVD) in some West African countries and the possibility of it spreading to other parts of the world, it is important that the whole pharmacy workforce is well informed.
FIP believes that pharmacists can provide a crucial public health service by preventing the spread of EVD through:
- Informing, advising and educating the community
- Promoting disease prevention and infection control
- Screening any suspected cases and referring them in a timely and safe manner to appropriate healthcare facilities and health authorities
Being prepared is key. (Source: FIP)
To see all materials prepared by FIP (available in english, spanish and french), click here. These materials can be freely used and adapted for national or local use. You may print the quick guidance posters and display them in your pharmacy. Below is a list of the materials prepared by FIP:
- EVD: Information and Guidelines for Pharmacists and the Pharmacy Workforce (booklet and powerpoint formats for educational purposes).
- Quick reference posters:
- EVD: What can pharmacists do about it?
- EVD: Disease transmission and control.
- EVD: Patient screening and referral.
- EVD: Infection control.
- A compilation of relevant resources for pharmacists with further information on Ebola.