Medicines in Health Systems Working Toward Universal Health Coverage (Self-Paced)

Medicines in Health Systems Working Toward Universal Health Coverage (Self-Paced)

Many countries are reforming their health systems working toward universal health coverage (UHC). These reforms can be harnessed to increase equity in medicines access, affordability, and appropriate use of medicines. However, they also have the potential to decrease the effectiveness of prescribing and dispensing, increase unnecessary use of medicines, and derail systems from a path toward sustainable universal coverage. To guide health system development with respect to pharmaceuticals, decision makers need to have a conceptual understanding of medicines in health systems; operational staff need detailed, in-depth understanding of key medicines issues and of the policy and management options to address them; system planners and managers need access to data and tools to assess medicines situations and to monitor impacts of changes. Because different actors in the pharmaceutical sector may have competing objectives, all actors must understand the perspectives of others to work toward effective policies that facilitate achieving the goals of universal coverage: equitable and improved population health, financial risk protection of households, and citizen satisfaction with sustainable health systems.

Objectives: The goal of the Medicines in Health Systems course is to strengthen the capacity of practitioners working toward universal health coverage in low- and middle-income country health systems to design, implement, and monitor evidence-informed pharmaceutical policy and management strategies. Specifically, after completing the course, participants will be able to:

• Explain the different roles medicines play in health systems, and the roles and responsibilities of different system actors with respect to medicines in systems.

• Illustrate the competing objectives that system stakeholders face when striving toward greater availability of and more equitable access to high quality medicines, at affordable costs for households and the system, and with appropriate use to achieve target health outcomes.

• Assess the potential of different medicines policy and management approaches to balance these competing objectives, and identify the facilitators of and barriers to success of specific strategies, in a given context

• Lay out strategies for monitoring desired and potential unintended outcomes of specific medicines policy and management strategies in a given setting.

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Kingsley

Submitted 8:13 am, November 5, 2017

I am interested in this course

Oluyemi Adedeji

Submitted 6:06 am, August 5, 2017

Am enjoying the course content. Very interesting and detailed.

Mike jnr Onyinye

Submitted 8:09 am, July 31, 2017

I will do my best to do this course

Bamidele

Submitted 1:23 pm, July 21, 2017

This course is enriching. Thanks to the world bank

Oluyemi Adedeji

Submitted 4:48 pm, July 20, 2017

Nice course here

Bamidele

Submitted 5:43 am, July 15, 2017

Hope it will be of help and improvement to my job

MARK

Submitted 11:40 am, May 16, 2017

I participated, it was and continue to be helpful.

Nirere

Submitted 2:31 am, May 13, 2017

#I support DEFINITELY UHC IS A KEY GOAL TO MOST OF THE WORLD POPULATION BECAUSE HEALTH IS WEALTH. CLEAR POLICY AND MANAGEMENT STRATEGIES FOR MEDICINES ARE THEREFORE NECESSARY. - @SIMON M

SIMON M

Submitted 3:19 pm, May 7, 2017

DEFINITELY UHC IS A KEY GOAL TO MOST OF THE WORLD POPULATION BECAUSE HEALTH IS WEALTH. CLEAR POLICY AND MANAGEMENT STRATEGIES FOR MEDICINES ARE THEREFORE NECESSARY. VERY USEFUL COURSE.

Dr. Illakkuvan

Submitted 4:25 am, October 14, 2016

“Many countries are reforming their health systems working toward Universal Health Coverage –UHC”! Yes!! Certainly!!!

Dr. Illakkuvan

Submitted 4:24 am, October 14, 2016

“Reforms can be harnessed to increase equity in medicines access, affordability, and appropriate use of medicines”! Yes!!

Dr. Illakkuvan

Submitted 4:24 am, October 14, 2016

“Guide this health system development with respect to pharmaceuticals, decision makers need to have a conceptual understanding of medicines in health systems; operational staff need detailed, in-depth understanding of key medicines issues and of the policy and management options to address them; system planners and managers need access to data and tools to assess medicines situations and to monitor impacts of changes”! Excellent Guidance Made It!!

Dr. Illakkuvan

Submitted 4:23 am, October 14, 2016

“All actors must understand the perspectives of others to work toward effective policies that facilitate achieving the goals of universal coverage: equitable and improved population health, financial risk protection of households, and citizen satisfaction with sustainable health systems”! Yes!! Surely!!!

Dr. Illakkuvan

Submitted 4:23 am, October 14, 2016

“Objectives: The goal of the Medicines in Health Systems course is to strengthen the capacity of practitioners working toward universal health coverage in low- and middle-income country health systems to design, implement, and monitor evidence-informed pharmaceutical policy and management strategies” Exceptional Objectives!!

Dr. Illakkuvan

Submitted 4:22 am, October 14, 2016

“Explain the different roles medicines play in health systems, and the roles and responsibilities of different system actors with respect to medicines in systems”! Good!

Dr. Illakkuvan

Submitted 4:22 am, October 14, 2016

“Illustrate the competing objectives that system stakeholders face when striving toward greater availability of and more equitable access to high quality medicines, at affordable costs for households and the system, and with appropriate use to achieve target health outcomes” Very Good!!

Dr. Illakkuvan

Submitted 4:22 am, October 14, 2016

“Assess the potential of different medicines policy and management approaches to balance these competing objectives, and identify the facilitators of and barriers to success of specific strategies, in a given context”!Excellent!!

Dr. Illakkuvan

Submitted 4:21 am, October 14, 2016

“Lay out the strategies for monitoring desired and potential unintended outcomes of specific medicines policy and management strategies in a given setting”! Marvelous!!

Srihari

Submitted 5:37 am, September 7, 2016

This is an important area of work for heath sector reform . Out of pocket expenses for health care due to medicine procurement is very high . MOH-India , though has several norms and regulation, but compliance is poor. involvement of Medical institution is also less . We should promote sale of generic medicine to reduce price of essential medicine .

Dr. Illakkuvan

Submitted 4:07 am, October 14, 2016

Well! I am welcoming !! With this, I do accept Mr.Srihari view!!

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