Global Medicines Program

January 23, 2014

Global Medicines Program Participates in Third International Conference for Improving Use of Medicines (ICIUM)

Hailu Tadeg and Andy Stergachis at ICIUM 2001.

Hailu Tadeg and Andy Stergachis at ICIUM 2001.

The Third International Conference for Improving Use of Medicines (ICIUM) will be held November 14-18 in Antalya, Turkey. Andy Stergachis will be participating as a co-author for the following presentations and posters:

Genital Ulcer Disease Treatment Policies and Access to Acyclovir in Eight Sub-Saharan African Countries.
Catherine Wairimu Corbell, Andy Stergachis, Francis Ndowa, Patrick Ndase, Linda Barnes, Connie Celum. Click here to view: presentation and poster.


Actions of the National Regulatory Authorities in Developing Countries Following US FDA and EMA Safety Alerts on Rosiglitazone.
Jude Nwokike, Andy Stergachis. Click here to view: presentation and poster.

Risk of Anemia Associated with Zidovudine (AZT)-based HAART in Namibia. 
Assegid Tassew Mengistu, Ishmael Katjitae, Catherine Corbell, Johannes Gaeseb, Jennie Lates, Evans Sagwa, David Mabirizi, Jude Nwokike, Francis Kalemeera, Andy Stergachis. Click here to view the abstract.

ICIUM aims to build international consensus on how to improve, expand, and sustain use of medicines in low- and middle-income countries.  The conference is organized by eight partners for the conference, including the World Health Organization, the Health Economics and Policy Association, the Harvard Department of Population Medicine, Boston School of Public Health, Management Sciences for Health, International Network for the Rational Use of Drugs (INRUD), Karolinska Institutet, the Turkish Ministry of Health, and the Turkey General Directorate of Pharmaceuticals and Pharmacy.

ICIUM 2011 seeks to:

1) build an international consensus on effective and innovative interventions for improving medicine use and for scaling up and sustaining successful interventions; and

2) define a new global research agenda to improve medicines use relevant to current conditions and unfolding developments in international health. The products of the conference will include:

  • A review of past and current initiatives to improve medicine use in both the public and private sectors
  • An expert consensus on which interventions are successful in various settings
  • Suggested strategies for translating successful interventions into policy and sustainable practice
  • A prioritized global research agenda within each of the conference topic areas
  • A strategy for implementing this research agenda and disseminating its finding

More information about ICIUM 2011 can be found on the conference website, blog and twitter, or the media center.