ICIUM 2011
Conference Overview
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International Conferences for Improving Use of Medicines are unique -

  • Focus on use of medicines in low and middle income countries. They -
  • Are highly interactive
  • Produce actionable results
Through presentations and group discussions, participants have -
  • Assembled state-of-the-art knowledge about improving medicines use
  • Formulated strategies for different levels in the health care system
  • Identified ways to monitor and evaluate such strategies
  • Developed a future research agenda
  • Developed a strategy for disseminating findings
Conference Structure: Focus Areas and Topic Tracks

Half-day conference sessions covered major focus areas in the health care system where changes to improve medicines use take place, including - 

  • Global and regional
  • National
  • Institutional
  • Health providers
  • Consumers and community
A one-hour plenary session opened each half-day session. Participants then broke into topic-specific groups of 30–80 persons across about eight topic tracks, including -

Access (public and private sector, production, intellectual property, generics) 

  • Access (public and private sector, production, intellectual property, generics)
  • Policy, regulation, governance (guidelines, essential medicines lists, health reform, drug quality, promotion, transparency) 
  • Economics, financing, insurance systems (cost, affordability, incentives, medicines coverage)
  • Maternal and child health (IMCI, pediatric medicines)
  • Chronic care (diabetes, hypertension, mental health, adherence)
  • Malaria
  • Drug resistance (surveillance, containment, drug development)
Conference Reporting

A designated rapporteur summarized discussions in each small group session: 

  • 5 observations or lessons learned
  • 5 recommendations for policies or program implementation
  • 3 key research gaps
The final session of the conference synthesized lessons, recommendations, and key research questions across topic tracks and focus areas.
Conference Overview