Background: The first African MedIC Course in Pharmaceutical Policy
Analysis for Health and Insurance Systems was organized by the WHO Regional
Office for Africa, the Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research in
collaboration with WHO and the Ministry of Health in Ghana, and the WHO
Collaborating Center in Pharmaceutical Policy at the Department of Ambulatory
Care and Prevention of Harvard Medical School and Harvard Pilgrim Health Care.
The course brought together 25 participants from governments, health insurance
schemes, and international organizations from of six African countries
in Accra, Ghana. During the highly interactive 9-day course, participants
from Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Uganda, and Tanzania worked in
small cross-country groups to answer questions such as: Why extend coverage
for medicines in health insurance programs? What are the advantages and
disadvantages of specific medicines policies? What is the best way to
design, implement, and manage a formulary? How can routine medicines data
be used to develop evidence-based policies? How can insurance programs evaluate
changes in medicines coverage? What are the best measures for routine
monitoring of medicines policy effects? As country teams, participants
developed innovative policy interventions to improve medicines use and
health outcomes in their systems, immediately applying the materials
discussed during the course to their settings.
The Ghana MedIC Course Report can be downloaded here.
The Participant Guide can be downloaded here.
The Course Facilitator List can be downloaded here.
The Course Participant List can be downloaded here.