Workshop for Pacific Island Countries on the European Community-WHO Partnership on Pharmaceutical Policies and the Implementation of the Regional Strategy for Improving Access to Essential Medicines. Report, Nadi, Fiji, 3-5 November 2004
(2005; 57 pages)

Abstract

The workshop for Pacific Island Countries on the European Community (EC)-WHO Partnership on Pharmaceutical Policies and the Implementation of the Regional Strategy for Improving Access to Essential Medicines, took place in Nadi, Fiji, from 3 to 5 November 2004.

Thirty-five representatives from 18 Pacific island countries and areas, one temporary adviser, one consultant and two observers participated in the workshop. The WHO secretariat included six persons: two from the WHO Headquarters (Essential Drugs and Medicines Policy) and four from the Western Pacific Region of the WHO.

The objectives of the workshop were:

(1) to exchange experiences and identify problems, gaps and priorities to improve access to essential medicines;

(2) to prepare collaborative work plans for the European Community-WHO partnership project and for implementation of the Regional Strategy for Improving Access to Essential Medicines; and

(3) to prepare national work plans in drafts, for the European Community-WHO partnership project and for implementation of the Regional Strategy for Improving Access to Essential Medicines.

The workshop comprised plenary presentations and discussions, individual country and group work, and exercises on national and intercountry collaborative work plans for the EC-WHO partnership project and implementation of the Regional Strategy for Improving Access to Essential Medicines. The approach was problem-oriented and problem-solving. Participants reviewed the conclusions of the November 2003 workshop in Fiji (e-drug network, pooled procurement, human resources development, and quality assurance) and those of the small working group on human resources development, which met in Fiji from 1 to 2 November 2004. They also received an update from the Pacific Island Forum Secretariat on its intellectual property development plan.

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