Join us online for live webcast of “Medicines as Part of Universal Health Coverage: Starting a Dialogue"

June 3, 2013 - 12:00am - June 4, 2013 - 12:00am
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Management Sciences for Health, the Rockefeller Foundation, and Harvard Medical School are hosting an event - “Medicines as Part of Universal Health Coverage: Starting a Dialogue”, to be held in Washington, DC, June 2 to 4, 2013. This technical workshop will explore issues relating to inclusion of medicines as part of Universal Health Coverage (UHC) schemes.

We will be providing a live webcast of key plenary sessions and invite you to view the dialogue here:

 The event brings together representatives from the ministries of health and insurance schemes of nine countries - Bangladesh, Costa Rica, Ethiopia, Ghana, Mexico, Myanmar, Namibia, the Philippines, and South Africa. In addition, approximately 30 to 40 representatives of international development agencies, development partners, academia, and the private sector, including the insurance and pharmaceutical industries, will be invited to participate. 

Our goal is to define needs and challenges relating to medicines coverage in UHC schemes and jointly develop potential solutions.

Agenda and Session times – Eastern Standard Time

June 3and 4, 2013, Carnegie Institution for Science, Washington, DC  

June 3, 2013

8:30 to 9:00 am - Welcome, meeting rationale, and purpose

  • Jono Quick (MSH)
  • Carissa Etienne (PAHO)

9:00 to 10:00 am - Perspectives from Ministries of Health and insurance systems | Panel Discussion

  • Moderator: Kees de Joncheere, WHO

10:30 to 11:00 am - Challenges with financing, management, and benefit policies

Co-moderators: Anita Wagner, Harvard University; and Alexander Padilla, PhilHealth, Philippines

  • Financing (Alexander Padilla)
  • Coverage, access, and value (Anita Wagner)

Discussion Lead (Wondu Bekele Woldermariam, Ethiopia)

12:00 to 12:30 pm - Essential medicines benefit packages - Reports from work group discussions (focus on identifying system needs)

1:30 to 3:00 pm - Perspectives on public-private sector collaboration | Panel Discussion

Moderator: David Lee, MSH

3:30 to 4:00 pm - Information needed for decision making

Moderator: Dennis Ross-Degnan, Harvard University 

5:00 to 5:30 pm - Country/scheme experiences with information systems for decision making and future needs - Reports from work group discussions (focus on information for decision making) 

June 4, 2013

8:30 to 8:45 am - Summary of Day 1 | Introduction to Day 2

8:45 to 10:00 am - Governing the purchase of health services: Key practices to ensure coverage of medicines | Panel Discussion

  • Moderator: Jim Rice, MSH

10:30 to 11:00 am - Implementing change: Opportunities and solutions and need for collaboration

Co-moderators: Irene Agyepong, University of Ghana, and Jim Rankin, MSH

  • Policy change (Irene Agyepong)
  • Pharmacy benefits management in the developing country context (Jim Rankin)

12:00 to 12:30 pm Effective financing approaches - Reports from work group discussions (focus on identifying solutions)

1:30 to 2:30 pm The role of the international community | Panel Discussion

Moderator: Jono Quick, MSH

  • Ariel Pablo-Mendez (USAID)
  • Andreas Seiter (World Bank)
  • David Evans (WHO)
  • Guy Stallworthy (Gates Foundation)
  • Swarup Sarkar (UNITAID)
  • Gina Lagomarsino (R4D)

2:30 to 3:00 pm - Q&A with audience

  • Moderated discussion