Dear ESOP Members,
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ESOP goes Kasaksthan!
Dr. Doris Haider, from Austria ASOP, was involved in a cooperation project of the EU and WHO called: Improvement of maternal and child health in Kazakhstan and therefore invited by the University of Graz (MUG International, Austria): “My task was „Management of the hospital pharmacy of a research clinic: Standards of Quality, Clinical pharmacy and Models of Pharmacotherapy” at the University Clinic NRCMCH in Astana (a 500 children bed clinic).” Mortality for all ages is 2.4 times higher than Western Europe. The health of Kazakhstan’s population is not particularly good and is characterized by the double burden of diseases, non-communicable and infectious. Especially in children we see disease patterns I have neither seen in US or Europe before.
Kazakhstan declared itself an independent country on December 16th, 1991. It is the ninth largest country of the world, like whole western Europe, but has only ~17million people. This is a big challenge to the country if wanting to provide healthcare. The health-care system in Kazakhstan is typical of that found in the former Soviet Union: well-developed infrastructure of healthcare facilities, centralized, hierarchical, standardized healthcare systems, but due to the area they have to cover, they really work hard to provide western standard all over Kasaksthan.
The education at university of pharmacist is somehow comparable, but the country has not yet realized what tremendous benefit Clinical Pharmacists bring and I found not one pharmacy that is entrusted with the task of preparing sterile preparations or even chemotherapies.
As I did my first ESOP-Trainings like Spill Kit, Sterile Gloves Training and Aseptic Working Techniques, the pharmacists did not participate, because they thought that would never concern them.
Slowly I showed them, what pharmacists in western countries are in charge of, what possibilities they have to become a well accepted member of the health care team. I somehow truly infected our “colleagues” with the services we do already provide! There is a barrier due to language, hardly anybody speaks English – so this is my call out to YOU today:
I am desperately seeking for colleagues who could provide a 3-5 days training in aseptic working techniques in Russian Language in their pharmacies.
This is the possibility to become new colleagues on board, one of the initial ideas of ESOP, and to give a sign that ESOP is interested to support!
So, this one goes out to all of YOU, if you are willing to support, please contact me! firstname.lastname@example.org
The state of oncology pharmacy in Bulgaria
At present the oncology pharmacy specialization has not been developed in Bulgaria the way other European countries have done. Hospital pharmacists, including those working at specialized hospitals in oncology and haematology, as well as the general hospitals that have either an Oncology or a Haematology Department, are in charge only of the order, storage and dispense of the drugs. With the exception of one case (at a private hospital), the nurses on the respective wards dilute the cytostatics instead of the qualified pharmacists at the hospital pharmacies, without observing strictly all the requirements for aseptic preparation. Pharmacists are excluded from the decision-making process regarding the conservative treatment of patients. The goal of the Bulgarian Oncology Pharmacy Association is to work for a change in the status quo at the specialized hospitals in oncology and haematology in this country, which will result in optimal treatment of patients and improvement of the quality of their lives.
Velina Hristova Grigorova
First Oncology Congress in TURKIYE
Turkish Oncology Pharmacists Association organised their first congress in 21-22 October at Kemer/Antalya.
Opening speech was given by Mr. Klaus Meier, President of ESOP, and Ahmet Sami BOSNAK, President of Turkish Oncology Pharmacists Association. Over 100 participants has joined Congress that are came from Oncology Pharmacists, Medical Oncologiests, Pharmacy Tecnicians, Nurses and also Patient's Relatives Assocations.