2013 WPPF/FIP Scholarship Winners

Congratulations to our winners for 2013 WPPF/FIP Scholarships!


Mr. Nibhay Nand B.Pharm (CSU), MPS, FPS

Community Pharmacist in the Islands of Fiji

Board Member on Fiji Pharmaceutical Society

Member: Fiji Pharmaceutical Society

It is an honour to be recognised as a young pharmacist within the Pacific Islands, through being chosen as one of the FIP/WPPF travel grant scholars.

As a recipient of the Dublin 2013 FIP travel grant, this will be an exciting platform to meet a vast academy of pharmacists that arise from a variety of faculty’s. Not only will this experience allow me to attain knowledge in a global setting, but also share my experience as a pharmacist from the Islands of Fiji on a global platform.

With large involvement in the community as a community pharmacist I see it important to gain more knowledge from professional colleague’s around the world to discuss the combination and utilization of pharmacy as an essential health service. It’s important to acknowledge that in developing countries like Fiji and around the pacific alike, the pharmacist is the first point of contact between patient and the primary healthcare system.

I have enjoyed a passion for the Pharmaceutical Practice Industry from a very young age. I have been a registered Pharmacist in Fiji for a number of years. I have worked in a number of pharmacies over the past few years gaining experience and being able to have a greater understanding of what being a community pharmacist is all about. With good collaboration with pharmacists from around the world, it will allow greater understanding of delivering health services in a primary healthcare setting. This will allow community pharmacists to positively impact improving consumer health outcomes, as community pharmacists are at the heart of every local community.

I am very appreciative to have been given the opportunity to attend the Dublin 2013 FIP world congress, with a lot of gratitude to be given to Mr John Ware OAM and WPPF Executive Committee members, in conjunction with Carola van der Hoeff and Board of Directors of FIP for this exciting opportunity. The attendance at the Dublin 2013 FIP World Congress will provide me ways to learn on improvement in regards to patient care with every patient that presents, this I can see as an invaluable tool in assisting the improvement of the nation’s healthcare


After consultation with the FIP Foundation, a third scholarship was awarded this year because of the extreme closeness of the results.  However, the third successful candidate, Mr Van Tuan Duong, has been involved in a serious motorcycle accident and will not be able to attend.  We really sorry for this to happen and wish Mr. Duong the best his good health and recovery!