Global Medicines Program

March 4, 2024

Landscape analysis of pregnancy exposure registries in low- and middle-income countries

Overview Many vaccines and drugs hold the promise of reducing mortality and morbidity among pregnant women and infants living in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). However, sufficient information on the safety of drugs and vaccines in pregnant women is rarely available at the time of product licensure or approval. To account for this, active safety…

April 8, 2015

Special Seminar by Gerald Dal Pan, M.D.

The Global Medicines Program is pleased to welcome Dr. Gerald Dal Pan, Director, Office of Surveillance and Epidemiology, Center for Drug Evaluation & Research, US Food & Drug Administration to campus for a special brown bag seminar. Public Health, Epidemiology and the Regulation of Pharmaceuticals Wednesday, May 13, 2015 Noon-1:00 pm South Campus Center, Room 303 Dr….

March 31, 2015

Disease Control Priorities Network Releases Volume on Essential Surgery

The first volume on global surgery by the Disease Control Priorities Network was released last week at Consortium for Universities for Global Health Cnnual Conference. The effort, which identified essential and feasible surgeries in low resource settings, involved many UW faculty including Joseph Babigumira and Andy Stergachis. To download the volume or read details about the research that…

March 16, 2015

Congratulations to Norio Kasahara

Norio Kasahara successfully defended his dissertation titled “Assessing the Availability, Service Quality, and Price of Essential Medicines in Private Pharmacies in Afghanistan” on March 13, 2015.  Next up – a return to Afghanistan where he is currently the Deputy Director of MSH Afghanistan field office.

January 13, 2015

Global Medicines Program Outreach to United Arab Emirates

The 7th Medication Safety Conference, held from November 7th – 9th 2014 in Abu Dhabi, UAE, featured a presentation and workshop presented by Global Medicines Program faculty. The Conference attracted some 1,000 delegates primarily from the Gulf region. Dr. Andy Stergachis spoke on improving medication safety in community pharmacy: evidence, challenges and opportunities. Additionally, he…

Global Medicines Program at the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene Annual Meeting

The annual meeting of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (ASTMH) held from November 2-6, 2014 in New Orleans, provided opportunities for Global Medicines Program faculty and students to interact with leaders in the field of malaria prevention and treatment during pregnancy. During the ASTMH meeting, the Malaria in Pregnancy Consortium (MiPc) held…

Strengthening Health Systems and Capacity Building in Namibia

In September and October 2014, Global Medicines Program faculty and UW students – Andy Stergachis and Marita Mann, PhD student and Adrian Hughes, PharmD student – were in Namibia supporting their country’s medication safety initiatives, including their sentinel site-based active surveillance pharmacovigilance activity and participation in a training in northern Namibia. Active surveillance pharmacovigilance systems…

June 30, 2014

Don Downing and UW pharmacy students lead medical brigade in Nicaragua

Clinical Professor, Don Downing, along with 40 UW Pharmacy students, 2 Seattle physicians, 2 additional Seattle pharmacists, and a physical therapist came together to provide global medical care in the remote village of Namanji, Nicaragua, from June 16th through June 22nd 2014. Supported by Seattle-based Global Brigades, these self-funded students and providers provided care to almost 900 patients – many…

June 4, 2014

New Report on the Role of Pharmaceutical Care

Enhancing Health Outcomes for Chronic Diseases in Resource-Limited Settings by Improving the Use of Medicines: The Role of Pharmaceutical Care In low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), health systems have historically focused on the prevention and treatment of highly prevalent and frequently fatal acute infectious illnesses such as malaria, diarrhea, and respiratory infections. However, due to…

February 18, 2014

Drug and Vaccine Safety in Global Health

A new report on drug and vaccine safety in global health, co-authored by Thomas Bollyky, Senior Fellow, Council for Foreign Relations, and Andy Stergachis, is now available. Funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, this report is the product of the Safety Surveillance Working Group, a year-long initiative to develop a practical, scalable strategy…

February 12, 2014

Impact Evaluation of a Pharmacy Assistant Training Program in Malawi

The Global Medicines Program has been awarded a three-year grant from the Barr Foundation to evaluate a pharmacy assistant (PA) training program in Malawi. Joseph Babigumira will lead the study to evaluate the potential impact of the training program on morbidity and mortality due to illnesses that are the highest contributors to mortality among children under five…

January 24, 2014

Global Medicines Faculty Participate in an I-TECH Co-Sponsored Pharmacovigilance Training in Ukraine

Andy Stergachis, along with faculty from Ukraine, conducted a 5-day training workshop titled, “Pharmacovigilance of Medicines for HIV/AIDS and Tuberculosis in Ukraine” December 9-13, 2013 in Kiev. The training workshop was developed and offered by the Ukraine National Training Center (UNTC), with support from the UW International Training and Education Center for Health (I-TECH). In…

December 5, 2018

Call to Action on Antimicrobial Resistance held in Ghana

Associate Dean Andy Stergachis (pictured here with Dr. Catrin Moore from the GRAM team) was an invited delegate at the Call to Action on Antimicrobial Resistance 2018 held in Accra, Ghana.

Associate Dean Andy Stergachis (pictured here with Dr. Catrin Moore from the GRAM team) was an invited delegate at the Call to Action on Antimicrobial Resistance 2018 held in Accra, Ghana. He and a team are at work on project, GRAM. They are responding to a Call to Action on Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) to address…

October 19, 2016

WHO Collaborating Centres for Health at Mass Gatherings convene during the World Congress for Disasters and Emergency Medicine, 2015

On the 19th and 20th of April 2015, representatives from the designated and potential Collaborating Centres from five regions, representatives from the WHO Regional Offices for Europe, and for the Americas and WHO Headquarters, gathered in Cape Town, South Africa, in conjunction with the 19th World Congress for Disasters and Emergency Medicine. Professor Andy Stergachis…

January 24, 2016

Strengthening Medicines Regulatory Systems Abroad

UW School of Public Health faculty attended the Institute of Medicine meeting held on September 12-13, 2013 in Washington, DC. Titled “STRENGTHENING MEDICINES REGULATORY SYSTEMS ABROAD: ADAPTING MESSAGES FROM RECENT IOM CONSENSUS STUDIES FOR DISEASE CONTROL PRIORITIES, THIRD EDITION”, the meeting attendees included Dean Jamison, Professor of Global Health and Principal Investigator (not pictured) Rachel…

September 14, 2015

Professors Garrison and Babigumira Conduct Summer Health Technology Assessment Workshops for ISPOR Chapters in Kenya and Uganda

Professors Lou Garrison and Joseph Babigumira traveled to Kenya and Uganda in July and August of 2015, to conduct Health Technology Assessment (HTA) workshops for the local country chapters of the International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research (ISPOR).  Health technology assessment (HTA) is a process to estimate the value of a health intervention or…

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