The Asian Young Pharmacists Group (AYPG) is an international organisation for Young Pharmacists across the Asia Pacific region. Currently, its members are Young Pharmacists Groups (YPGs) from Cambodia, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan and Thailand. AYPG aims to encourage young pharmacists to have an active role in defining the future of pharmacy practice in the Asia Pacific region.
The organisation has the objectives to promote and assist in the development of YPGs across the Asia Pacific; to strengthen communication and ties between YPGs through networking and exchanges; to instil and improve practice standards; to establish good working relationships with other organisations worldwide; and finally, to nurture and develop future leaders amongst the young pharmacists who will bring pharmacy to a brighter future.
From the 7th to 11th of November 2019, the 5th AYPG Leadership Summit was held in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. With the theme of “Empowering Pharmacists in the Era of Change”, the event was full of useful and interesting information which delivered in the form of workshops, seminars, talk shows, and many other activities.
In this occasion, Ms. Florensia Rahati Pujiani, the IPSF APRO Regional Relations Officer (RRO) had the chance to interview Ms. Sherly, who is currently the Project Coordinator of the International Pharmaceutical Federation Young Pharmacists Group (FIP YPG). When asked the reasons why she enthusiastically joined the event, she answered, “During my involvement this year, there are a lot of things I learnt and can do for others. I can serve, talk, and expand my network with other young pharmacists. Being involved in the organisation and joining this event helps to build skills, for example, like leadership. Therefore, I would like to encourage the younger generation, especially students, to be involved in organisations and you can participate and learn from their activities.”
The 5 AYPG Leadership Summit gave us a great impression. “It is an amazing experience for me to speak as well as have opportunities to inspire and be inspired in this three-day event. This is a great leadership summit conducted by AYPG,” said Ms. Sherly.
She added: “FIP YPG fully supports the activities that AYPG has done, and supports everyone (young pharmacists) so that we can collaborate and be stronger together.”
Lastly, she delivered a message for members of IPSF and IPSF APRO, “Stay actively involved in your organisation and let’s work together to achieve a brighter future for pharmacy because there is no help without the young pharmacists workforce. And again, let’s invest in our future.”
Written by: Khairunnisa Salsabila Lutfi (RRO Subcommittee 2019-20)