The Ghana Pharmaceutical Students’ Association(GPSA) IS A MEMBER Association of the International Pharmaceutical Students’ Federation(IPSF) and the National Health Students’ Association of Ghana(NAHSAG), and is affiliated to the Pharmaceutical Society of Ghana(PSGH), and other organizations as may be identified with its ideals.
It is a non-profit, non-political, non-religious organization founded in 1961 after the establishment of the faculty of Pharmacy at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, KNUST, Kumasi which is the headquarters of the association.
The GPSA was formed to serve as the mouth piece for the student Pharmacist and also to enable students to contribute their quota to health care delivery in Ghana.
The Association is governed by a nine-member Executive Council, a Students’ Council, and the General(Students) Assembly, whose policies are carried out through 14 different committees.
The Association has among other things the following aims and objectives:
- Educating the general public on the safe and rational use of drugs
- Reaching out to the rural populace to have firsthand information on some of their health needs and see how best we could voice it out and seek help
- Embarking on intensive campaigns on health related issues and diseases of prime socio-economic concerns such as HIV/AIDS. Guinea Worm Disease, TB, and prevention and control of Malaria.
- To project the views and image of the Association on National and International Scenes
- To encourage and promote the exchange of ideas by international correspondence, to encourage full dissemination of scientific and professional knowledge by participating in congresses, and seminars with other pharmacy students
In line with our objectives, various programs and projects run by the Association within the year include the following:
- Annual Faculty and Health Awareness Week
- Annual National Drug Safety Campaign
- Secondary Schools Outreach Programs
- Radio Outreach Programs
- Patient Counselling Events
- Seminars and Conferences
It is always the resolve of the executive council to involve all members of the Association in policy making, as much as possible.
Our strength as an Association does not lie in the number of individuals we can count as members but in our ONENESS, for UNITY IS STRENGTH.