Global Medicines Program

January 22, 2014

Global Medicines Program Participates in First Global Symposium for Health Systems Research

Catherine Corbell of the Global Medicines Program presented a poster entitled “Feasibility of linking records in automated databases for conducting pharmacoepidemiologic studies in resource-poor countries:  the case of Namibia” at the First Global Symposium for Health Systems Research. You can view the poster here.

Participants left energized and looking forward to how they can strengthen the field and expand its reach. This important meeting drew together over 1 200 people from 100 countries.

The symposium was organized by the World Health Organization, the Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (TDR), the Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research, the Special Programme of Research, Development and Research Training in Human Reproduction (HRP), and the Global Forum for Health Research, in partnership with more than 20 other major funders, demonstrating the growing interest and support for this field.

Here are links to the final press release that is being distributed, as well as the symposium official closing statement.

Press release:

Symposium official closing statement:

On the website at, you will find all videos and
PowerPoint’s of the plenary and grand hall session presentations,
as well as news articles written during the week, background papers,
blogs and links to outside news coverage.

About  TDR
The Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (TDR)
is a global programme of scientific collaboration established in 1975,
sponsored by the United Nations Children’s Fund, United Nations Development Programme, World Bank and World Health Organization (WHO), and administered by WHO in Geneva, Switzerland. Its focus is on working with institutions in low and middle income countries on research into neglected diseases of the poor, with the goal of improving existing approaches and developing new ways to prevent, diagnose, treat and control these diseases.

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