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Access to essential medicines remains a critical challenge for patients in many parts of the world. Strengthening pharmaceutical supply chains, while vitally important, must be complemented by efforts to strengthen related pharmaceutical services and systems in ways that put patient needs first.

When pharmaceutical systems and services – from policies and regulations to distribution and dispensing practices – are centered around and responsive to patient needs, the system can work better to achieve improved health outcomes and address critical challenges such as antimicrobial resistance. Ultimately, patient-centered approaches help build trust in health systems, encourage appropriate use of medicines, and make pharmaceutical services more responsive and effective.

Convened by the Global Health Supply Chain Summit group, this webinar will bring together private- and public-sector experts across the pharmaceutical supply chain to explore the latest in advancing patient-centered pharmaceutical services in low- and middle-income countries and opportunities to take the discussion from rhetoric to reality. 

Introduction by: Ravi Anupindi, Professor, University of Michigan; GHSCS Co-Chair  

Moderated by: Lloyd Matowe, Chair, People that Deliver; Director, Pharmaceutical Systems Africa 

Program Speakers:

  • Suneeta Sharma, Vice President, Health Practice and Director, Health Policy Plus Project, Palladium
  • Neimatu D. Adjabui, Senior Program Lead, West Africa, United States Pharmacopeia (USP)
  • Mirfin Mpundu, Director, React Africa 
  • Alex Dodoo, Director, African Collaborating Centre for Pharmacovigilance
  • Marlon Banda, Chair of the Board, Ecumenical Pharmaceutical Network


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