MESSAGE ON COMMONWEALTH DAY
FROM THE PRESIDENT
COMMONWEALTH PHARMACEUTICAL ASSOCIATION
In the pursuit of our daily careers in our various countries the significance of the Commonwealth can appear remote and even irrelevant. The freedoms we enjoy, the parliamentary processes that underlie robust democracies, the vibrancy of civil societies including professional associations like CPA, emanate from the ethos of the Commonwealth of 53 nations to which we belong.
Pharmacists have an important role to play in advancing the theme for 2004, which is ?Building a Commonwealth of Freedom?. For, freedom of expression can be related to the patients with whom we interact, whose voices must be heard and understood and their rights to cost effective pharmaceutical care respected. As members of the healthcare team, pharmacists contribute to the freedom to develop, as the medicines dispensed and recommended alleviate diseases and conditions enabling persons to contribute to sustainable economic growth of communities and nations.
The opportunity for advancing the freedom to participate, presents itself to pharmacists, who have the privilege of a noble profession, to become engaged in community mobilisation, particularly among the young to convey the values and responsibilities without which a society degenerates. Community pharmacists in particular, should develop skills in counselling and conflict mediation to be able to contribute to societal reconstruction and development.
The Commonwealth in promoting the freedom to choose, to aspire, to learn and to participate has provided the forum for professionals to relate, associate and develop robust organisations.
The Commonwealth Pharmaceutical Association, as one such organisation, therefore, celebrates Commonwealth Day and urges its 43 member associations to remind their membership of its significance to both pharmacy and broader international goal, ?Building a Commonwealth of Freedom?.
E. Grace Allen Young