Issued by: Organizers of the International Conference on Improving Use of Medicines CHIANG MAI, THAILAND (APRIL 14, 2004) — About 450 leading multi-disciplinary researchers, national and international policy makers, patient advocates and clinicians representing nearly 80 countries, gathered in Chiang Mai, Thailand, for the second International Conference on Improving Use of Medicines (ICIUM 2004). Participants reported on the many advances made during the past years and, at the same time, expressed concern over the continued, widespread improper use of medicines.

BOSTON, MA (JULY 1, 2004) — Effective today Dr. Ronald W. O'Connor, Founder of Management Sciences for Health (MSH) handed the duties and responsibilities of Chief Executive Officer (CEO) to Dr. Jonathan ("Jono") Quick, who returns to MSH from the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva where he served as the Director of Essential Drugs and Medicines Policy. Prior to joining WHO in 1995, Dr. Quick had worked for over 20 years on issues of international health in more than 25 countries in Africa, Asia, and Latin America, including almost 10 years with MSH.

HEADLINE: Expert Urges African Countries to Embrace Family Planning BRAZZAVILLE, CONGO (SEPTEMBER 7, 2004) — Sub-Saharan Africans can enjoy better health quality by taming population explosion and arresting the spiraling maternal and infant mortality rates through effective family planning and improved reproductive health practices, a health management expert has recommended.