Collaboration – The Key To Solving Global Health Inequality, Finds London Conference

By IHP, Apr 11 2017 08:36AM

An international forum on Global Aid and Access for Health has presented a challenge to companies, NGOs, academics and governments to work together to end a lack of access to medicines.

The conference organised by PQMD (Partnership for Quality Medical Donations) brought key stakeholders together to explore

• Strategies to meet the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) on health and partnerships

• The impact of donations on health targets.

• Disease elimination programmes, process and essential stakeholders.

• Balancing political complexities to meet needs on the ground.

The keynote speaker, Jayasree K. Iyer, Executive Director of the Access to Medicines Foundation, focused the discussion on the effectiveness of the top 20 research-based Global Pharma companies to increase access to medicines, vaccines and diagnostics in low- and middle-income countries.

Senior Representatives from European and North American headquartered companies joined staff from global NGOs, academic institutions, think tanks and UK Government Departments at a number of London venues including the Reform Club, House of Commons and the offices of Reed Smith. The event was organised by PQMD, co hosted by IHP and sponsored by GSK and Henry Schein.

PQMD is a global alliance of leading the development and championing of high standards in medical supply and service donation. PQMD seeks to enhance access to health care in underserved communities and in areas affected by disaster.

Adele Paterson, IHP Associate Director and PQMD Board Member, said, “This forum was unprecedented in its convening power and created consensus around health partnerships. It has set a high standard for future fora, which we hope will be consolidated in future gatherings.”

Andy Cain, IHP’s Corporate Partnership Manager, said, “The forum was an excellent opportunity to hear perspectives from different stakeholders, covering strategic and operational topics relating to medical donations. It was particularly inspiring to hear of the impact made in disasters such as Syria and East Africa by medical donations.”