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Global Network for Access to Medicines

The mission of this working group is to learn about major challenges and gaps in global access to medicines while creating awareness about these issues within the School of Public Health and broader community. Our primary objective is to increase awareness around issues concerning quality and equitable access to medicines. To achieve this goal we are creating a network for students and professionals throughout Maryland, Virginia and Washington DC to increase exposure to innovation and research regarding access to medicines.

Previous Conferences

Safeguarding Quality in the Global Medicine Supply Chain

In April 2014, the CDSE, in conjunction with the Department of International Health, co-sponsored the second Global Access to Medicine’s Conference in an effort to bring together government entities, implementers, private sector players, regulatory bodies, consulting firms and advocacy groups in order to discuss the problem of poor quality medicines in both developing countries and United States’ markets. Panelists from the NIH, Management Sciences for Health, United States Pharmacopeia, Public Citizen, and the Alliance for Safe Online Pharmacies provided their expert opinions on issues involving security, technical implementation, regulation and policy and other challenges, approaches and solutions to safeguarding quality in the online drug market. 

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Medicines Shouldn't be a Luxury

In April 2013, the CDSE co-sponsored the first Global Access to Medicine's Conference. Panelists representing the World Bank, Clinton Health Initiative, Results 4 Development, US Agency for International Development, Public Citizen, Management Sciences for Health, and Amrita Therapeutics discussed the numerous challenges of access to medicine around the world, including:

  • Identifying grand challenges and gaps in access to medicines
  • Identifying pathways to improving access to medicines
  • Identifying potential future partnerships and formalizing a network on access to medicines at Hopkins

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Websites to learn about issues relating to access to medicines:

Access to Medicines Index
WHO Access to Medicines Statement
Quality Issues Delivering Medicine


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