MSH Participates in Third International Conference for Improving Use of Medicines (ICIUM)

The International Conference for Improving Use of Medicines (ICIUM), which aims to build international consensus on how to improve, expand, and sustain use of medicines in low- and middle-income countries, will be held November 14-18 in Antalya, Turkey. MSH is serving as one of eight organizing partners for the conference, now in its third year, along with the World Health Organization, the Health Economics and Policy Association, the Harvard Department of Population Medicine, Boston School of Public Health, INRUD, Karolinska Institutet, the Turkish Ministry of Health, and the Turkey General Directorate of Pharmaceuticals and Pharmacy.

The first ICIUM, in 1997, brought together more than 270 researchers and policymakers. In 2004, that number grew to more than 470, including patient advocates and clinicians. This year, nearly 600 people from nearly 100 countries will gather for the conference. More than 40 MSH staff members from 12 countries will attend, representing Africa, Europe, the Middle East, Latin America, and North America.

ICIUM 2011 will produce a review of medicines-use initiatives, an expert consensus on successful interventions, strategies for translating interventions into policy and improving their sustainability, and a global research agenda.

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  • Sessions will include five focus areas: global, national, institutional, health care providers, and consumers/patients. Conference participants will also participate in a wide range of topics tracks:
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  • Access (public and private sector, production, intellectual property, generics)
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  • Policy, regulation, governance (guidelines, essential medicines lists, health reform, drug quality, promotion, transparency)
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  • Economics, financing, insurance systems (cost, affordability, incentives, medicines coverage)
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  • Maternal and child health (IMCI, pediatric medicines)
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  • Chronic care (diabetes, hypertension, mental health, adherence)
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  • HIV & AIDS, TB
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  • Malaria
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  • Drug resistance (surveillance, containment, drug development)
     

Presentations by MSH staff will cover topics such as sustaining the success of private drug seller programs, a mobile phone messaging program in Kenya, and applying international price lists to national contexts. A live webcast for all the plenary sessions will be available online.

“With a focus on vulnerable populations in low and middle income countries, the experts coming together for ICIUM 2011 will generate recommendations, based on state&;of&;the&;art evidence, to tackle current and evolving medicines challenges,” said Dr. Anita Wagner, Assistant Professor at the Department of Population Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute. “Like its predecessors, we expect ICIUM 2011 to be another milestone event in global health.”

More information about ICIUM 2011 can be found on the conference website, blog and twitter, or the media center.