During the 2011 Pharmacists’ Conference, the Zimbabwean Pharmacists came up with the following declaration:
The Victoria Falls Declaration
Taking into account the internal and external factors affecting the profession; and Taking cognizant of the unique skills and knowledge of pharmacists especially in relation to medicines; Recognizing that universal access to health and population health in Zimbabwe cannot be achieved without the participation of pharmacists; Pharmacists have resolved;
1. That whenever issues related to medicines are discussed in Zimbabwe pharmacists should be on the table;
2. That there should be recognition that pharmacists are not an addition but part of the healthcare family;
3. That as a profession, pharmacists should have the professional freedom to define their professional territory & chart their own destiny in relation to professional services and practice
4. To be committed to take responsibility for all aspects of medicine management and outcomes.
A lead up to the declaration is found in the conference presentations and resolutions since the first Pharmacist’s Conference, (after a long while, no one actually remembers), that was held at Holiday Inn, Bulawayo in 2009.
“In South Africa , from 23 November 1975 , a pharmacist may not sell tobacco or fireworks”
“Also, there is now a ban on the sale of arms and ammunition , and from 26th September 1976 , clothing items may not be sold in a pharmacy” (Duggan , 1975)
“ The conventional role of the pharmacist has centred primarily upon his responsibility to stock drugs and carry out an appropriate dispensing or distributive role. Current educational systems tend to reflect this pattern of limited professional opportunities” (Department of Pharmacy , 1976)
“His role should be expanded through direct involvement with patients and other health professionals”