Global Medicines Program

January 21, 2014

SPS sponsored conference “National Pharmacovigilance Systems: Ensuring the Safe Use of Medicines”

Andy Stergachis and Laura Sangaré of the Global Medicines Program participated in the Strengthening Pharmaceutical Systems sponsored conference National Pharmacovigilance Systems: Ensuring the Safe Use of Medicines” , in Nairobi, Kenya from Aug 16-18, 2010. The conference was designed to provide a framework for building, strengthening and optimizing medicines safety/pharmacovigilance systems, particularly at the country level. More than 100 participants representing ministries of health, drug regulatory authorities, universities, non-governmental organizations and donors from 30 different countries participated.

Key topics included:

  • Global pharmacovigilance initiatives and coordination mechanisms
  • Systems-oriented approach to medicines safety: mechanisms for collecting, interpreting, and using information
  • Pharmacovigilance examples from national, disease-focused and methodological models
  • Donor perspectives on pharmacovigilance activities

Presentations by Global Medicines Program :

Cross-sectional studies: Community-based assessment of antimalarial use, Laura Sangaré

Strengthening National Pharmacovigilance Systems for Promoting Patient Safety, Andy Stergachis

Electronic Health Records in Retrospective Surveillance, Andy Stergachis

Complete conference materials (schedule, participant list and presentations) can be found at:

Executive summary can be accessed here: SPS PV Conference Summary