[Ip-health] Launch of the report of The Lancet Commission on Essential Medicines Policies on 8 November 201

Andy Gray Graya1 at ukzn.ac.za
Sun Sep 25 23:09:04 PDT 2016

Dear colleagues

The report of The Lancet Commission on Essential Medicines Policies  - "Essential Medicines for Universal Health Coverage"  - will be launched on 8 November 2016, with a free symposium at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

Please RSVP as described in the notice below. 



WHAT: Launch of the report of The Lancet Commission on Essential Medicines Policies

In the coming decades decision-makers-regardless of their country income-will face many common challenges related to essential medicines: promoting universal health coverage, including sustainable access to existing and new essential medicines; containing increasing prices for some new medicines; improving and harmonising medicine regulation to ensure quality and safety, with focus on generic medicines; promoting safe and efficient prescribing and increasing adherence to treatment of the rising numbers of chronic and non-communicable diseases; promoting R&D on missing essential medicines, and creating accountability by measuring progress.

The new Lancet Commission Report "Essential Medicines for Universal Health Coverage" synthesises lessons learned from the past 30 years of essential medicines policies' development and implementation following the landmark Nairobi Conference on the Rational Use of Drugs in 1985. The report provides the wider context of essential medicines policies for several ongoing global debates, including creating financial sustainability for universal health coverage, balancing trade policies with access to health technologies, and the protection and promotion of human rights. The Commission's report makes actionable recommendations that position policies for essential medicines as a central pillar of the global health agenda, and that seek to translate these policies into meaningful and sustainable health gains for populations around the world.

WHEN: 8th November, 2-6pm
WHERE: John Snow Lecture Theatre B, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Keppel Street, London, WC1E 7HT. Nearest tubes: Warren Street (Victoria Line) and Goodge Street (Northern line).

Full programme details will follow shortly. Copies of the Commission Report will be available at the symposium.

This is a free symposium. For tickets please register at Eventbrite https://essential-medicines.eventbrite.co.uk

You can find more information on the Commission's work at:

For more information about the launch, please contact: Pam Das, Pamela.das at lancet.com

Andy Gray BPharm MSc(Pharm) FPS FFIP
* Senior Lecturer
Division of Pharmacology
Discipline of Pharmaceutical Sciences
School of Health Sciences
* Consultant Pharmacist (Research Associate)
Centre for the AIDS Programme of Research in South Africa (CAPRISA)
University of KwaZulu-Natal
PBag 7 Congella 4013
South Africa
* Visiting Fellow, Faculty of Pharmacy, Rhodes University, Grahamstown
Tel: +27-31-2604298 Fax: +27-31-2604338
email: graya1 at ukzn.ac.za or andy at gray.za.net

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