The year 2020 is a year like no other. A year in which NAPPSA’s resilience, creativity, generosity and innovativeness had to be summoned to enable us make it through as an organization. The Coronavirus pandemic led to a global shutdown that nearly paralyzed the world and continue to suppress all human activities till date.
One of the most challenging aspects of the pandemic is the uncertainty about when it will be over and the impact on planning for the future. It ranks top amongst the drivers of all aspects of the human decision making today.
At NAPPSA, rather than allow the pandemic make us victims, we chose to seize the moment, to lead, to be part of the solution, rather than a victim of our circumstance. That is the NAPPSA Spirit.
Over the course of this Pandemic, NAPPSA took a front row seat in everything COVID. We participated in discussions and dissemination of scientific based information on COVID-19. From educating the public about the disease, to emerging therapeutics and the socioeconomic implications of COVID-19, NAPPSA provided thought leadership through press statements, letters to congress, government agencies, and collaborative inter-organizational initiatives.
Anthony C. Ikeme, PhD
It is, therefore, befitting that the theme of the 2020 conference was “COVID-19 Pandemic: Evolution of Science, Practice and Training“. We resisted the urge to cancel the 2020 conference in the wake of the pandemic, because of the importance of our annual conferences as a forum for networking, sharing knowledge and exchange of ideas among pharmacists, pharmaceutical scientists, and business entrepreneurs. We are proud to be able to continue this tradition, albeit virtually.
The thematic focus of this year’s conference is a continuation of the role NAPPSA has played in thought leadership over the course of this pandemic. Over the course of the Pandemic, NAPPSA took a front row seat in everything COVID. We participated in discussions and dissemination of scientific based information on COVID-19. From educating the public about the disease, to emerging therapeutics and the socioeconomic implications of COVID-19, NAPPSA provided thought leadership through press statements, letters to congress, government agencies, and collaborative inter-organizational initiatives. The summary of our message to Nigeria and the global community is that “this pandemic should not go to waste, rather lessons from it should be used to fortify and improve the healthcare systems going into the future“.
We did not stop there, we stepped up to support the Nigerian Healthcare Community through our donation of COVID-19 diagnostics and personal protective equipment (PPE) to the National Center for Disease Control (NCDC). Our donation was accompanied by a Call for the creation of a national strategy for pharmaceutical manufacturing in Nigeria.
But COVID-19 pandemic did not halt our progress in other areas of NAPPSA activities. Rather than dampen our spirit, it forced us to develop new strengths and build new competencies in uncharted territories. Our actions and accomplishments lent credence to the saying that “Necessity is the mother of invention.” We reaped all the blessings that come with adversity and emerging from the process, stronger and more prepared for the future. Despite the truncating impact of COVID-19, the year 2020 in NAPPSA can be considered a year of laying foundation, creating growth and making headway into new frontiers!
Perhaps the biggest milestone from the last year maybe the creation of the NAPPSA 10-Year Strategy Plan. The plan creates a roadmap for increasing our organizational footprint and maximizing our impact as a professional organization both here and in Nigeria. The 10-year Plan sets a timeline for reaching key visionary milestones including the creation of a NAPPSA Journal, establishing NAPPSA Endowment Fund, NAPPSA House and NAPPSA Research Institute.
To enable us kick off the journey to the first $1M for the NAPPSA Endowment fund, we successfully completed our first ever 3K Walk/Run on September 19th and have already surpassed the $100,000 target for seed money. What a Year it has been!
We have started the journey to establishing NAPPSA Journal which will help raise our organizational profile and provide a springboard for our scholarly pharmacists and pharmaceutical scientists to achieve professional fulfilment.
We launched our Committee Chairs Forum which provides a platform for committee chairs to compare Notes, share best practices, and identify areas of synergy and inter-committee collaboration. To grow, NAPPSA has to work as a seamlessly cohesive unit.
Our newly launched NAPPSA Memories project remind us of our past as we continue the journey into the future. If you don’t know where you came from, it is hard to be clear on where you are going.
Our Virtual Holiday Hangouts have helped us to build rapport and bond as an organization. Our Health and Fitness events creates additional bonding environment for us to learn healthy tips together while having fun.
Our social media platforms are as robust as ever with the creation of our Youtube Channel, and a fortified presence on Instagram, FaceBook and Twitter. This extends the reach of our brand, and allow us to project our voice and amplify our message.
What a year it has been! A year of laying foundations! A Year of Growth and Making Forays into new frontiers!