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, was held November 14-18 in Antalya, Turkey.
MSH served 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.
This year, MSH/SIAPS Program sponsored Aktari Mamtaz, Joint Secretary, MOHFW to attend in the conference. She made a presentation on Pharmaceutical System Strengthening: Bangladesh Perspective in an open satellite session- namely Pharmaceutical System Strengthening: Is There a Need for a New Paradigm?
This year’s ICIUM conference focused on Informed Strategies, Effective Policies, Lasting Solutions. Over 600 experts from over 70 countries participated and evaluated more than 500 research projects conducted since ICIUM 2004. Based on discussions of the latest evidence, participants generated recommendations for policies and programs to improve access to and use of medicines.