Celebrating World Pharmacists Day 2021 On ImpactGuru

By: Milton, Diamond

Published On: September 24, 2021

India is one of the fastest growing healthcare sectors in the global pharmaceutical industry. A leading producer of cost-effective generic medicines, India supplies around 20 percent of the global pharmaceuticals demand in terms of volume. The country also exported more than 66 million COVID-19 doses to 95 countries in the last 16 months. 

When it comes to healthcare, there is a significant association between trust in healthcare professionals and health outcomes for patients. Across diverse clinical settings, patients who had higher trust in their healthcare professionals reported greater satisfaction with treatment, showed more beneficial health behaviours and also experienced improved quality of life. 

World Pharmacists Day is observed on September 25 every year. This year’s theme for World Pharmacy Day is ‘Pharmacy: Always trusted for your health’. Let us first understand the history behind this day and the role of online pharmacies during Covid-19:

Why is World Pharmacists Day celebrated?

World Pharmacists Day was established by the International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) at a council meeting held in Istanbul, Turkey in 2009. The members of FIP suggested observing World Pharmacist Day on September 25 since FIP was founded on the same day in 1912. 

The purpose of World Pharmacists Day is to encourage activities that promote the role of the pharmacist in improving health in every corner of the world. Pharmacists provide access to medicines, advise people on how to properly take them and patiently clear all our doubts!

Rise of online pharmacy during COVID-19

Pharmacists were the unsung heroes during the COVID-19 pandemic in India. While pharmacy stores were categorised as essential services and worked round the clock during the lockdown, online pharmacies still emerged as the biggest beneficiaries during this period. 

According to a report by Economic Times, the online pharmacy sector in India saw a surge in demand for medical devices, personal protective equipment (PPE kit), health supplements and commonly available drugs. People chose to order online rather than visit pharmacy stores because of lockdown and also to reduce risk of contracting the virus. 

Online pharmacies have better access, lower transaction and product costs, and greater convenience for consumers. Also, in-person doctor visits have been replaced by video teleconsultations, which has now given a rise to digital prescriptions.

Moreover, online pharmacies can act swiftly in public health response such as ensuring effective medicine supply system, resolving drug shortage issues, establishing and promoting remote pharmacy services, creating awareness around the proper use of personal protective equipment, participating in clinical trials, small-scale manufacturing of sanitizers and disinfectants, and conducting drug evaluation. Their contributions have helped ease the burden on healthcare facilities during the ongoing pandemic. 

The role of crowdfunding during COVID-19

Crowdfunding platforms in India played a vital role in answering the medical needs of many people. Through platforms like ImpactGuru, patients raised funds for medical treatments like chemotherapy, radiation therapy, organ transplantation as well as medicines and post-operative care with the support of donors.

Crowdfunding is a relatively new term in India but it has been picking up pace for the past few years, here’s how it works.

Over 2 million donors on ImpactGuru have helped more than 20,000 patients raise funds for their medical treatments on time. Here is one such success story:

Baby Teera Raised 15.09 Crore To Beat SMA

Baby Teera was diagnosed with SMA - Type 1 back in November 2020 when she was just 2-months-old. The only cure for this disease was a million dollar drug- Zolgensma. Raising such a huge amount alone was impossible for baby Teera’s parents and so they started an online fundraiser. 98,500+ donors stepped forward to raise more than Rs 15.09 crore! Baby Teera received Zolgensma in February 2021 and is now on the road to recovery.  

Such success stories just goes to show that crowdfunding has indeed come a long way in India. It has given many people a platform to raise funds for medical treatments either for themselves or on behalf of somebody. 

The theme for World Pharmacist Day speaks about the trust people have on pharmacists all over the world. Pharmacists provided essential health care services while being at the forefront of the Covid-19 pandemic. Similarly, a large number of donors and campaigners have trusted crowdfunding platforms like ImpactGuru during Covid-19. If you’re struggling to pay off medical bills, start a fundraiser to receive support from our kind donors. If you want to help someone going through a medical emergency, consider donating here.

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