Building a Sustainable Future: Coming Together to End Poverty and Discrimination

In 1990, 1.9 billion people worldwide were living below the poverty line, surviving on less than 1.25 US dollars per day. To try to end this alarming situation, in 2000 the United Nations (UN) established the Millennium Development Goals, which were composed of eight development goals to be followed by each member state to make the world a better and fairer place, with the main goal of reducing extreme poverty.

The situation is much better fifteen years later, and since 2000, the number of people living below the poverty line was reduced by half (from almost 2 billion to 900 million). However, there is still room for improvement, and current political and religious conflicts must be prevented from affecting all of the achievements we have made thus far. To secure this, UN members established on October 16, 2015 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, much more ambitious objectives by adopting the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development Goals.

By focusing on the theme “Building a Sustainable Future: Coming Together to End Poverty and Discrimination”, the aim of the 2030 agenda is to ensure that, in the next 15 years, no person will be living with less than 1.25 US dollars a day. However, “it is not possible to end poverty in a world where just a few people and a few places have some privileges, we need to end poverty in all its forms everywhere”, declared Ban Ki-moon, the UN Secretary-General. The 2030 Agenda has 17 objectives and 169 goals that encourage actions in crucial areas for humanity and for the planet for the next 15 years.


PARS 2015

The IPSF spirit is alive and well in the Pan American Region! Check out the video below about the Pan American Regional Symposium which took place last week in San Luis, Argentina. Kudos to everyone who was involved in making PARS possible and all who attended to keep the IPSF spirit strong! Viva la Pharmacie!!

PARO 2015-2016 Nominations


Are you interested in being more involved with IPSF on the regional level? The call for nominations to the PARO Regional Working Group is now open! Please see the attached documents and nomination form for more information on the various positions and their responsibilities.

***Please note that we are only accepting nominations for SUBCOMMITTEE positions at this time. The deadline is September 15th at 11:59pm PST. E-mail your nomination to***


[English] Call for IPSF PARO Positions 2015-16

[Español] Call for IPSF PARO Positions 2015-16

[Português] Call for IPSF PARO Positions 2015-16

[English] Call for host to the 10th and 11th PARS

[Português] Call for host to the 10th and 11th PARS

[Español] Call for host to the 10th and 11th PARS

Nomination form RWG 2015-16


Oral Hygiene




Tips to Run Campaign:

-Ask a health provider from the local health center to come in and speak with the children about the importance of oral hygiene.

-Discuss the 2min2x brushing technique with the children

-Use a poem to highlight all the important tasks teeth perform

-Demonstrate how to appropriately brush teeth (In person or with the help of videos/images)

-Share tips with parents so that it can be reinforced to the children

-Discuss the importance of regular dental check ups with parents

Healthy teeth are important for every child’s overall health. Teeth should be cleaned as soon as they emerge. Poor dental hygiene can lead to gum disease, decay, and tooth loss. Further research also suggests that the inflammation from periodontal, or gum disease, puts individuals at a greater risk for diabetes, Alzheimer’s, and heart disease. Below are some things to keep in mind while taking of a child’s teeth:


  1. Choose a small, child-sized, soft bristled toothbrush. You can make the brush even softer by soaking it in warm water for a few minutes before brushing
  2. Make sure the child gets in the habit of brushing at least twice a day (in the morning and just before bedtime)
  3. Replace toothbrushes every 3 or 4 months, and never share a toothbrushes with others



It is important for kids to brush their teeth 2min2x—2 minutes each time, twice a day. This practice will lead to healthier teeth, good breath, fewer cavities, and avoidance of painful dental problem.

These 6 steps below show you how a child can brush their teeth correctly:

  1. Smear a pea-sized amount of toothpaste onto the toothbrush
  1. If a parent or caregiver is around, sit the child on your lap, or stand behind a taller child. Then tilt their head back in order to get a good view of all the surfaces of the teeth.
  1. Move the brush in gentle circles to clean the outer sides of teeth and gums.
  1. Rush in gentle circles on the inside of teeth and gums.
  1. Brush back and forth on the chewing surface of teeth.
  1. After brushing all surfaces, encourage the child to spit out the toothpaste.

How can you ensure good oral health for kids?

  • Protect their teeth with fluoride toothpaste

o   For parents/caretakers: Watch your child brush their teeth, and make sure they use a pea-sized amount of toothpaste and spit it out after brushing.

  • Have kids visit a dentist for regular check ups
  • Motivate children to regularly brush their teeth: you can do this by giving them stickers, or gold stars on a chart. You can also make this a group activity, as some kids are might be more likely to brush if they see grown-ups doing so as well
  • Encourage the kids to floss everyday
  • Restrict sugary drinks and foods to mealtimes.

References/Campaign Materials:

  1. How to brush your child’s teeth:
  2. 2min2x Campaign Materials:; ;
  3. Sample teaching lesson (with poem):
  4. Kids Dental Health:
  5. Children’s Oral Health:

Healthy Diet for Healthy Kids!


23The bodies of kids utilize nutrients from food to function properly and stay healthy. In the accurate amounts, nutrients give children the energy needed to grow, learn and be continuously active.

Here are some benefits of a healthy diet for kids:

  • Healthy weight for height
  • Mental well-being
  • Ability to learn and concentrate
  • Strong bones and muscles
  • Good energy level
  • Ability to fight off sickness and disease
  • Faster wound healing
  • Easier recovery from illness or injury
  • Reduced risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, cancers, and bone diseases in the future


Why is breakfast the most important meal of the day?

Just about everyone is familiar with this advice that breakfast is the most important meal if the day. Leaving the house every day with a full stomach is important for all members of the family. But this is particularly important for kids, are powered for school, daycare or a long play day. When kids have rumbling stomachs, they are more likely to be distracted by their hunger and over time, their nutrition suffers. This is why it is so important for them to have breakfast!

Since we have established why it’s important for kids to have breakfast every day, lets now talk about why it’s vital for them to eat the right meal in the morning. Choosing breakfast foods that are rich in whole grains, fiber, and protein while low in added sugar may enhance kids’ attention span, concentration, and memory.

Kids who eat breakfast are more likely to get fiber, calcium, and other important nutrients. They also tend to keep their weight under control, have lower blood cholesterol levels, fewer absences from school, and make fewer trips to the school nurse with stomach complaints related to hunger.


Breakfast Ideas

It is important to serve a balanced breakfast that includes some carbohydrates, protein, and fiber. Carbohydrates are a good source of immediate energy for the body. Energy from protein tends to kick in after the carbohydrates are used up. Fiber helps to deliver a feeling of fullness, therefore preventing overeating. Also, when combined with enough liquid consumption, fiber helps move food through the digestive system, which prevents constipation.

Below are some good sources of these nutrients:

  • Carbohydrates: whole-grain cereals, brown rice, whole-grain breads and muffins, fruits, vegetables
  • Protein: low-fat or nonfat dairy products, lean meats, eggs, nuts (including nut butters), seeds, and cooked dried beans
  • Fiber: whole-grain breads, waffles, and cereals; brown rice, bran, and other grains; fruits, vegetables, beans, and nuts

Don’t forget how important your good example is! When you make time to enjoy breakfast every day, you’re showing kids how important it is to face the day only after refueling your brain and body with a healthy morning meal, and they will be inspired to do the same!



Breakfast Basics. Kids Health

Nutrition: Healthy Eating for Kids

For your reference:

10 Easy Breakfast Recipes for Kids:

Healthy Living – Handwashing






Tips to Run Campaign:

-Ask a health provider (or a nurse) from the local health center to come in and speak with the children about hand washing

-Discuss when to wash hands

-Demonstrate how to appropriately wash hands for the children

-Share some songs and finger plays about hand washing with the children (see useful resources)

-Share some jokes and play some games about hand washing with the children (see useful resources)

-Share these tips with parents so that it can be reinforced to the children

Did you know that germs and diseases could spread from one person to another especially when they do not wash their hands? Hand washing is easy to do and it is currently one of the most efficient ways to prevent the spread of infections and illnesses.

When should you wash your hands? 1

  • Before, during, and after food preparation
  • Before eating
  • Before and after caring for a sick person
  • Before and after treating a cut or wound
  • After using the toilet!
  • After changing diapers, or cleaning up a child who has used the toilet
  • After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
  • After touching an animal, animal feed, or animal waste
  • After touching garbage/trash


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What is the right way to wash your hands? 1


  1. Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), and apply soap.
  2. Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Be sure to lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.
  3. Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice J
  4. Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.
  5. Dry your hands using a clean towel or air-dry them.

In most cases, hand washing is the best way to reduce the number of microbes on them. If soap and water are unavailable, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol as these can swiftly reduce the number microbes on your hands, in most situations. However they do not remove all types of germs. In addition, hand sanitizersmay not be as effective when hands are visibly dirty or greasy L

Now go forth and hand wash!




  1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Wash Your Hands. National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases, Division of Foodborne, Waterborne, and Environmental Diseases. (Accessed 2015 March 9).

Useful resources:

Healthy Living Campaign (Pourtugues)

DHL[Healthy Living Campaign]

[Crianças Saudáveis para um Futuro Saudável]

Olá a todos!

A “Healthy Living Campaign” é uma parte da “Diabetes and Healthy Living Campaign”. Ela tem como objetivo aumentar a consciência sobre como um estilo de vida saudável pode ajudar na prevenção e no cuidado com a Diabetes, encorajando-os a serem proativos na promoção da saúde, e não reativos. A campanha inclui treinamento e motiva estudantes de farmácia a realizar colaborações multidisciplinares no planejamento de eventos e campanhas, enquanto conscientizam sobre essa questão de impacto global.

Este ano, a IPSF PARO Healthy Living Campaign será focado nas crianças, e o tema da campanha será “Crianças Saudáveis para um Futuro Saudável”.

Nós desenvolvemos materiais informativos focados em 3 tópicos:

– Lavar as mãos

– Saúde bucal para crianças

– Dieta saudável para crianças

Nós os encorajamos a utilizar esses materiais para conscientizar e atuar nesta campanha em sua comunidade, ajudando a criar Crianças Saudáveis para um Futuro Saudável!


Ifeoma Ibe

2014-2015 PARO Diabetes and Healthy Living Sub-Coordinator

Healthy Living Campaign (French)

DHL[Campagne pour un mode de vie sain]

[Enfants en santé pour un avenir en meilleure santé]

Bonjour tout le monde !

La campagne pour un mode de vie sain est une sous-partie de l’IPSF Campagne pour le diabète et un mode de vie sain. L’objectif est sensibiliser le public au rôle d’un mode de vie sain dans la prévention et le soin du diabète en encourageant la promotion de la santé proactive plutôt que réactive. De plus, la campagne inclut l’entraînement et la motivation des étudiants en pharmacie pour se tourner vers la collaboration multidisciplinaire en l’organisation des événements et des campagnes en sensibilisant le public à un problème mondialement signifiante. Cette année, la campagne pour un mode de vie sain de l’IPSF PARO se concentra sur les enfants, et le thème de la campagne est Enfants en santé pour un avenir en meilleure santé.

Nous avons développé des ressources informatives qui se centrent sur trois sujets principaux :

  • Lavage des mains
  • Santé orale pour les enfants
  • Régime alimentaire équilibré pour les enfants

Nous vous encourageons utiliser ces ressources pour sensibiliser le public et promouvoir cette campagne dans vos communautés, et créer des enfants en santé pour un avenir en meilleure santé !


Ifeoma Ibe

Sous-Coordinateur de la Campagne Diabète et Mode de Vie Sain de PARO 2014-2015

Healthy Living Campaign (Spanish)


Campaña de Vida Saludable

Niños Sanos Para un Futuro más Saludable

¡Hola a todos!

La campaña de Vida Saludable es una parte de la Campaña de Diabetes y Vida Saludable de IPSF. Su objetivo es despertar conciencia de un estilo de vida saludable en la prevención y los cuidados médicos de la diabetes por animando el salud proactivo en vez del salud reactivo. También, la campaña incluye el entrenamiento y la motivación de estudiantes de farmacia para avanzar hacia la colaboración multidisciplinaria en la planificación de eventos y campañas mientras trayendo conciencia a un problema de importancia mundial. Este año, la Campaña de Vida Saludable de IPSF PARO estará centrada en los niños, y el tema de la campaña es Niños Sanos Para un Futuro más Saludable.

Hemos desarrollado algunos materiales informativos centrados en 3 temas principales:

· Lavarse las manos

· Salud Oral para Niños

· Dieta Saludable para Niños

Les animamos a ustedes a utilizar estos materiales para correr la voz y abogar por esta campaña alrededor sus comunidades, ¡y crear Niños Sanos Para un Futuro más Saludable!


Ifeoma Ibe

Sub-Coordinador de la Campaña de Diabetes y Vida Saludable de PARO 2014-2015

Healthy Living Campaign (English)


Hello Everyone!

The Healthy Living campaign is a subpart of the IPSF Diabetes and Healthy Living Campaign. It aims to raise awareness of a healthy lifestyle in the prevention and care of diabetes by encouraging pro-active rather than reactive health promotion. The campaign also includes training and motivating pharmacy students to move towards multi-disciplinary collaboration in planning events and campaigns while bringing awareness to a globally significant issue. This year, the IPSF PARO Healthy Living Campaign will be focused on children, and the theme of the campaign is Healthy Kids for a Healthier Future.

We have developed some informative materials centered on 3 main topics:

  • Hand washing
  • Oral Health for Kids
  • Healthy Diet for Kids

We encourage you all to utilize these materials to spread awareness and advocate for this campaign around your communities, and create Healthy Kids for a Healthier Future!


Ifeoma Ibe

2014-2015 PARO Diabetes and Healthy Living Sub-Coordinator