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[afro-nets] Course: Rational Management of Medicines-focus on HIV, TB, malaria
- From: "Karin Wiedenmayer" <Karin.Wiedenmayer@unibas.ch>
- Date: Thu, 2 Aug 2012 14:23:48 +0200
Rational Management of Medicines - A Focus on HIV/AIDS, TB and Malaria
14 â 26 October 2012
Pretoria, South Africa
This acclaimed course has been continually updated and revised over its 12-year history and offers state-of -the-art information and practice guidelines.
Health is an intrinsic human right as well as a central input to poverty reduction and socioeconomic development. Cost-effective interventions including medicines for controlling major diseases exist, but a lack of money for health and a range of system constraints hamper efforts to expand health services to the poor.
From penicillin to insulin, antiseptics to antiretrovirals, science has led to dramatic improvements in health worldwide. Medicines are an essential and cost-effective tool of health care and an important element of health systems. Yet the main diseases of poverty such as HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis continue to claim innumerable lives in low income countries. Today, for millions of people worldwide essential medicines remain unavailable and unaffordable. Irrational medicine use is a global public health problem. Counterfeit and poor quality medicines are an additional barrier to equitable access to medicines. Millions of adults and children die each year from treatable and preventable diseases. There is an urgent need to develop adequate strategies that ensure better access to medicines. It is about getting evidence-based and effective medicines to the people who need them, whether by reducing their costs, promoting research and development, improving their distribution, increasing their efficacy and acceptability, or slowing down the development of antimicrobial resistance.
To enable health professionals to understand and apply the concepts and principles of essential medicines and rational medicine management with a focus on the diseases of poverty HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis, to recognise the need for a national and international medicine policy environment, to improve knowledge and skills and to gain practical field experience for rational medicine management within different health system contexts.
Â Historic milestones and current global medicine situation
Â Concept of essential medicines and its relevance in primary health care
Â Roles of different stakeholders including health workers, traditional healers, Ministry of Health, international organisations and the pharmaceutical industry
Â The global context, health initiatives, treaties and national medicine policy
Â Treatment guidelines, essential medicine lists and personal medicine lists
Â Patterns of medicine use and adherence, strategies for promoting rational medicine use
Â Antimicrobial resistance and approaches for containment
Â Medicine quality and quality assurance
Â Rational management of HIV/Aids, malaria and tuberculosis related treatment
Â Framework and components of a medicine supply system including procurement and distribution
Â Elements of medicine costs, affordability and financing options
Health professionals and managers with experience (at least two years) in international health and the pharmaceutical sector.
2 weeks (90 hours student investment time). Equivalent to 3 ECTS points towards the TropEd European Master in International Health. A certificate will be awarded after successful completion.
The course language is English. The course combines lectures, in-depth discussions of case studies, short presentations, small group exercises and field visits. The course is highly participatory and participants will be exposed to a wide range of international experiences and materials.
Please contact the course secretariat for an application form.
Application deadline: 15 August 2012
The total course fee is CHF 3240.- (Swiss Francs) including tuition, accommodation/full board and must be paid 8 weeks before the start of the course. Cost for international flights must be added. Travel to South Africa has to be organized by the participant.
The course will be held in Pretoria, South Africa. The Department of Pharmacy of the Medunsa Campus (previously the Medical University of Southern Africa) is the host organization.
The course is facilitated by international and national experts. The academic panel will include a number of highly experienced professionals from various institutions.
Dr. Karin Wiedenmayer (SwissTPH)
Prof. Rob Summers (Medunsa)
Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute
CH - 4002 Basel / Switzerland
Tel.: + 41 61 284 82 80
Fax: + 41 61 284 81 06
Dr. Karin Wiedenmayer
Pharmaceutical Public Health Expert
Swiss Centre for International Health
T: +41 61 284 8126
F: +41 61 284 8103
Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute
Socinstrasse 57, P.O Box
4002 Basel, Switzerland