Essential Medicines

On Monday 28th April Hans Hogerzeil of the University of Groningen and former Director of Essential Medicines at WHO in Geneva will give the third seminar of the series Ethics & Medicine entitled Ethical dilemmas in achieving universal access to new essential medicines at 9.00 pm in the College Lecture Theatre. The poster of the seminar can be downloaded here.

A vaste fraction of the world population has little or no access to medicines, including basic, life-saving ones.  The reasons for this are multiple and include poverty, problems with the supply stability and and storage of certain types of treatment, lack of financial incentives for developing new treaments, for example new antibiotics.  Tackling these problems by health policy makers require not only resources but open discussion and a number of critical choices.

Tthroughout his working life,  Hans Horgezeil, has been actively engaged in broadening access to medicines across the world with successive roles at  WHO  and the UN. He has been a Directror of the Department for Access to Medicines for a number of years, has edited several WHO books and has published over 80 scientific papers on access to essential medicines policies.

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