Lebanon hosts drug policy seminar
The many issues surrounding drug procurement, production, regulation and use, and how best to develop, implement and evaluate a national drug policy were hotly debated at a seminar held in Lebanon in October 2000. The event was organized by Boston University’s Centre for International Health and the Inter-Ministerial Council for Health Reform in Lebanon, in collaboration with WHO.
The seminar’s workshop format combined lectures, in-depth discussion of case studies and small-group exercises, plus several field visits to health facilities and community pharmacies. The meeting attracted policy-makers and senior managers responsible for pharmaceutical systems in developing and transitional countries, and senior officials of funding agencies throughout the region.
Previous seminars have been held successfully in Africa, India and the USA.
For information on future seminars contact: Dr Richard Laing, Associate Professor of International Health, Boston University School of Public Health, 715 Albany St, T4W, Boston MA 02118, USA. Tel: + 617 414-1444, fax: + 617 638-4476, e-mail: email@example.com
Community-based health education and health promotion course
A 10-week course to update managers, project and field staff on new developments in health education and health promotion will run from 30th April 2001 at Leeds Metropolitan University, UK. The course provides skills in research, planning, management and evaluation of programme’s education and promotion components. Its flexible structure allows participants to follow a topic of particular interest, and the chance to apply their new skills to a problem from their own work-setting.
Applicants should have field experience/training in a subject area relevant to health promotion and a good working knowledge of English. The fee for academic tuition, course materials and field visits is £3600. In addition students will have to pay travel, subsistence and accommodation expenses.
For further information contact: Overseas Admissions Tutor, Health Education, Queens Square House, Leeds Metropolitan University, Calverley Street, Leeds, LS1 3HE, UK. Tel: + 44 113 2831915, fax: + 44 113 2831916, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Zimbabwe hosts rational use course
The next INRUD/MSH/EDM course on Promoting Rational Drug Use will be held at Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, from 26 August - 8 September 2001. Topics will include identifying drug use problems, developing and evaluating interventions and developing public and prescriber educational materials and campaigns. This highly participatory course is intended for physicians, pharmacists, health programme managers, policy-makers, researchers and others interested in improving the use of drugs.
For further information contact: PRDU course, NDTPAC, Directorate of Pharmacy Services, Ministry of Health and Child Welfare, Box CY924, Harare, Zimbabwe. Tel: + 263 4 730970 or + 263 4 795353, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Diploma in Drug Evaluation and Pharmaceutical Sciences
Today’s potent drugs, combined with the complex issues of their production and use, have created a growing need for evaluation of their safety and efficacy.
For such evaluation wide-ranging expertise is required in the areas of chemistry, pharmaceutics, pharmacology and toxicology, clinical medicine, and legal and ethical considerations.
The new Graduate Diploma in Drug Evaluation and Pharmaceutical Sciences offered by the University of Melbourne, Australia, offers a systematic overview of these areas and how they affect drug evaluation. The course is aimed at pharmacists, research nurses, scientists and those involved in regulatory affairs.
For further information contact: Mrs Nicola Cash, Drug Evaluation Unit, Austin and Repatriation Medical Centre, Studley Road, Heidelberg Vic 3084, Australia. Tel: + 61 3 9496 3420, fax: + 61 3 9459 3510, e-mail: email@example.com