Improving the trajectory of your health journey is always a worthwhile investment. As an independent pharmacist, it’s your duty to set them in the right direction.
Your dedication to quality patient care is worth celebrating, and we have the perfect holiday for you.
World Health Day highlights the importance of living a healthy and fruitful life. For pharmacists, World Health Day is a reminder of all the good you do for your community.
Though this is a global celebration, add some local charm to the festivities — and we’ve got a few ideas.
Here’s how World Health Day came to be and how you can help your patients achieve a clean bill of health. Hint: some of it has nothing to do with pharmacy work.
World Health Day commemorates the finding of the World Health Organization. Back in 194, members of the United Nations discussed the idea of setting up a global health organization.
The WHO celebrates every April 7 as World Health Day, the same day they first enacted the WHO constitution.
The WHO has been at the front of every global health crisis, with the COVID-19 pandemic being the most recent.
The WHO also advocates for more easily accessible healthcare, saying that the “enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health is one of the fundamental rights of every human being without distinction of race, religion, political belief, economic or social condition.”
For the WHO, achieving a clean bill of health is a basic human right. One’s health shouldn’t be dependent on their financial status, nor should one have to fear any financial consequences when going into a doctor’s office.
The WHO focuses on global health by zeroing in on the needs of the individual. That’s what global health is all about: helping the entire person, one patient at a time.
The WHO has celebrated recent World Health Days with a special theme. For the WHO’s platinum jubilee, it’s all about #HealthForAll.
#HealthForAll is exactly what it sounds like: a theme that advocates for universal basic health. The campaign “envisions that all people have good health for a fulfilling life in a peaceful, prosperous, and sustainable world.”
Almost two billion people face catastrophic or impoverishing health spending, according to the WHO. This means that a quarter of the world’s population is in danger of being in a financial hole due to health spending.
The WHO suggests a universal health coverage system that protects that vulnerable population from harmful health spending. Furthermore, a universal health coverage system would help promote the WHO’s objective to protect people during major health crises.
Visit the WHO’s “Key Messages” page for more information about the campaign and universal health coverage.
You don’t have to wait for a holiday to advocate for universal health. As an independent pharmacist, you’re impacting your patient’s health journey on a daily basis.
Whether it’s filling their medications, giving them a consultation, or asking any general questions they have, you’re establishing a superb health-based foundation.
World Health Day is all about remembering that we still have a long way to go in achieving global health. Though you can’t directly turn the tide when it comes to universal health coverage, you can promote global health in your own way.
Your independent pharmacy provides services that can jumpstart your patient’s health journey in new, exciting, and even enjoyable ways.
Let’s start with clinical services. Gone are the days of people going to independent pharmacies only to pick up prescriptions. Now you provide a wide array of vaccines and (hopefully) some testing programs.
Your independent pharmacy is a bonafide healthcare destination, capable of enhancing your patients’ lives and health. They rely on your independent pharmacy for the medications needed to live healthier and happier lives.
One of the best ways to celebrate World Health Day is to simply do the work: fill the prescriptions, sell them, and counsel your patients when needed (extra points if you can do them quickly and efficiently).
Sometimes patient care has nothing to do with pills in a bottle. Sometimes patient care goes beyond transactions and fills. Sometimes a pharmacist just needs to lend a helping hand.
It’s one thing for customers to come to your independent pharmacy for a one-time fill. It’s a whole other thing to have them stay. The patient-pharmacist relationship is a vital one, one that can last a literal lifetime.
As time goes on, you will inevitably learn more about your patient. They might be having a rough day or even a rough month. They might actually look forward to coming to your pharmacy to have a little chat.
A few kind words of encouragement will do wonders for those who truly need them. World Health Day is all about leading a healthier and happier life. Though the “healthier” part is obvious, the “happier” aspect pulls everything together.
A happy and healthy life truly goes hand in hand. Just like how your patients can personalize their pharmacy experience through the PioneerRx app, you can do the same with how you talk to them.
Ask them about their day and wish them luck on any challenges they might be facing. It’s a small gesture but it can make their whole day.
A few kind words can propel a patient’s health journey to greater heights. Fulfill the #HealthForAll promise by being there for your patients however you can. Listening to your patients can transform your independent pharmacy into a pillar of the community.
It’s a long road to achieving global health. We can all agree that basic health is a basic human right. Mountains of legislation aside, you can put your stamp on the #HealthForAll movement by doing what you’ve always done: providing exceptional patient care.
World Health Day reminds us that health goes beyond the physical. We all need a word of encouragement every now and then.
We’re all in this together, and World Health Day and the #HealthForAll campaign reminds us that the more, the merrier.