Summer School 2016 Veselības projekti Latvijai

AFFORDABLE ACCESS TO NEEDED MEDICINES AND THEIR RATIONAL USE IN EUROPE

5–8 July, 2016

Riga, Latvia

Regular access to safe, affordable and effective medicines is integral to improving patient outcomes. But in the European Union (EU), ever-increasing medicine prices, combined with shrinking healthcare budgets, are jeopardising the potential for patients to access treatment when they need it. At the same time, pharmaceutical promotion continues to surround healthcare professionals throughout the EU, potentially undermining patient safety and the sustainability of healthcare systems.

The summer school was attended by a group of 30 medicine, pharmacy, public health students and residents from Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania, Netherlands, Serbia, UK, Denmark, Germany and Ukraine.

During this summer school students learned about the current state of access to safe, affordable and effective medicines in the EU, as well the negative impact of pharmaceutical promotion on healthcare professionals’ prescribing and dispensing decisions and how to respond to it. Also students learned about steps in national and EU-level policy-making processes, along with analyses of current policies that impact access to medicines and their rational use; how to plan and implement awareness and advocacy campaigns to improve medicine policies.

    THE PROGRAM OF SUMMER SCHOOL

    FACULTY:

    • Tim Reed, PhD, Executive Director, Health Action International
    • Wilbert Bannenberg, MD MPH, Pharmaceutical systems consultant, chair HAI Europe Association
      • Kathi Hawlik, MD, European Co-ordinator for Universities Allied for Essential Medicines (UAEM)
      • Manuel Martin, European Co-ordinator (UK) for Universities Allied for Essential Medicines (UAEM)
      • Barbara Mintzes, PhD, HAI Europe Association member, The University of Sydney
      • Ancel.la Santos, Policy Advisor (European Projects), Health Action International
      • Christian Wagner-Ahlfs, PhD, Managing director BUKO Pharma-Kampagne (Germany)
      • Reinis Upenieks, MPsych, Health Projects for Latvia
      • Ilze Aizsilniece, MD, Health Projects for Latvia
      • Elita Poplavska, PhD, Health Projects for Latvia

      ABOUT THE ORGANISERS

      Health Action International (HAI) is the only non-governmental organisation entirely dedicated to strengthening medicines policy to improve public health based in Amsterdam. www.haiweb.org

      Health Projects for Latvia is an independent non-governmental organisation, member of HAI, the only NGO in Latvia working exclusively on medicines policy from the public health perspective.

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