Hello friends from all over the world,
My name is Lucas Ercolin and I am the Chairperson of the Pan American Office.
The International Pharmaceutical Students’ Federation (IPSF) is divided on 5 Regions: African Regional Office (AFRO), Asia Pacific Regional Office (APRO), Eastern Mediterranean Regional Office (EMRO), European Regional Office (EuRO) and Pan American Regional Office (PARO). The last Pan American Regional Symposium (PARS) happened at Cuernavaca, Mexico, in 2008.
Since then the Regional Working Group (RWG), that coordinates the Regional, have the will to have a PARS again. It needs a huge effort from the leading association and Reception Committee, also the participation of the Region members: ACEQF (Colombia), ACEF (Peru), AEFRA (Argentina), APhA-ASP (USA), CACIF (Brazil), CAPSI (Canada) and FECOEF (Costa Rica).
In June of 2013, ACEQF and IPSF PARO made the Pharmaceutical Tour (Pharmatour) on the cities of Bogota, Cali and Medellín in Colombia. We had the amazing chance to know the Pharmaceutical Profession in the Country, allowing us to think about our own.
Since it, the will for organizing the PARS, became stronger.
FECOEF, led by Mr. Juan Diego Salazar Castro, made a bid to host the 8th PARS in Costa Rica, during the 59th IPSF World Congress, in Utrecht, Netherlands.
As said, organizing an event needs a huge international effort, especially from the host. November, 15th we received the sad news that the host couldn’t organize it any longer.
Not having a Regional Symposium would not result in dramatic things like destroy the Regional Working Group, make the work impossible, or even make our work less important. However, we have the will to make PARS, so we gave a shot with a call for a new host.
CACIF, one of the newest members of IPSF, that became a Member in Association during the 58th World Congress, in Hurghada, Egypt, answered the call for hosting it in Brazil, bringing IPSF to South America once more.
Now I want to introduce you to the Reception Committee of the 8th PARS, that will happen in Araraquara/Brazil, August 25th to 29th.
And one more question: If we have a “Post Congress Tour”, where would you like to go?
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