World Café Conversations on Medicines: A Key Component of Universal Health Coverage

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UHC & medicines
Dr. Anita K.

MedIC Initiative Training

The Medicines and Insurance Coverage (MedIC) Initiative is a unique partnership between academics, health care delivery systems, health care financing institutions, and international organizations.  We seek to improve population health through evidence-informed medicines policies and programs in health systems, with a particular focus on emerging and expanding insurance schemes in low and middle-income countries (LMIC) working toward universal health coverage.


MedIC Activities

Medicines as a Key Component of Universal Health Coverage: World Café Conversations


Medicines are central to achieving the health care access, quality, and risk protection goals of universal health coverage (UHC).  Wise medicines management and sound policies are also crucial for the financial sustainability of UHC schemes.  Countries and schemes pursuing UHC are at different stages of developing and implementing targeted medicines management and policy approaches.  Stakeholders can benefit from and are interested in sharing strategies, tools, and experiences. 

Assessing Country Medicines Situations

Measuring Country Medicines Situations

For many years, DPM faculty members have provided technical assistance to the World Health Organization, the UK Department for International Development (DFID)-supported Medicines Transparency Alliance, the USAID-funded Systems for Improved Access to Pharmaceuticals and Services (SIAPS) Program, the Gates Foundation-funded Sustainable Drug Seller Initiatives (SDSI), and others in the development of standardized tools to measure important aspects of country pharmaceutical situations.