LAPAG MEMBER GRABS TOP FIP ROLE
Thursday, 3 October 2019
Story by Harry Okyere
An executive member of the Lady Pharmacists Association of Ghana, Ms Grace Naa Ardua Armah, has been elected by the International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) as the General Secretary of the FIP’s Young Pharmacists Group (YPG) Steering Committee.
Ms Armah becomes the first person to take up this new portfolio. This historic feat happened at the just-ended 79th FIP World Congress of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences held in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates from the 22-26th of September 2019.
The steering committee is expected to provide strategic oversight and leadership over YPG’s projects and activities. As the Secretary, Ms Armah is expected to maintain records of YPG, maintain communication across all positions of the Steering Committee, Sub-committee, and YPG members, as well as assist in other duties necessary for the smooth functioning of the YPG.
“I am very excited about this new role and the innovative ideas I will bring on board to ensure YPG is better than it is now” says Ms Armah as she rallies for support from young pharmacists and pharmaceutical scientists in Ghana.
The FIP is a non-governmental organization with its headquarters in the Netherlands. It is the global body that represents Pharmacy, pharmaceutical sciences and pharmaceutical education. Currently, the FIP represents over four million pharmacists, pharmaceutical scientists and pharmaceutical educators around the world through 151 national pharmacy organizations, academic institutional members and individual membership.
The Young Pharmacists Group (YPG) of the FIP was established in 2001 to meet the interests, challenges and expectations of young and recently qualified pharmacists and pharmaceutical scientists (under the age of 35). Currently, it has members in over 80 countries.
Profile of Ms Grace Naa Ardua Armah
Grace Armah completed her pharmacy education from the prestigious Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in 2015. She then proceeded to pursue a Master of Public Health at the Premiere, University of Ghana (UG), where she submitted an interesting dissertation on the Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI)-related health seeking behavior of patients attending an STI clinic.
She also holds a Certificate in Leadership and Management in Health as well as a Certificate in Project Management in Global Health from University of Washington.
Grace is driven by the idea that all young ladies can be mentored to be the best they can ever be in any field of interest. Through her speaking engagements and advocacy meet-ups, she aims to help young ladies understand their role as citizens and leaders who shape the world around them. Her passion for young ladies is one to be admired and an ever-active endeavor she champions through her working interactions as a health professional, youth leader and public speaker.
Grace aspires to be one of the policy makers in Ghana and beyond, where she could leverage on her expertise and capabilities to work closely with various stakeholders of health to help address challenging healthcare issues through active stewardship, policy leadership and educational programs.