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International Training Course on Promoting Rational Drug Use in the Community
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10 - 21 December 2006
Indian Institute of Health Management Research, Jaipur, India

This is a ground-breaking and very successful 12 day course developed by WHO to 
meet requests from many individuals and organizations, and to respond to a 
clear need for more effective planning, research and implementation of rational 
medicines use practices in the community. It is a condensed version adopted 
from the official two weeks WHO course on ?Promoting Rational Drug Use in the 
Community? for health programme staff from ministries of health, universities, 
development agencies, nongovernmental and other organizations, and individuals 
interested in improving drug use in the community being organized for the 4th 
time in India. 

OBJECTIVES
The course concentrates on methods to study and remedy inappropriate medicine 
use in the community, including an analysis of what shapes medicines demand. 
Participants will be exposed to practical approaches to investigating and 
prioritizing medicine use problems, and how to develop effective strategies for 
change. There will also be a focus on rational use of drug use in HIV/AIDS and 
opportunistic infections. The participants will have an opportunity for 
training on patients living with HIV/AIDS (PLHA) and a net discussion on issues 
related to HIV/AIDS therapy.  

DESIGN
The course is participatory in nature and uses the knowledge, skills and 
experiences of participants as a major resource throughout. Teaching methods 
include group activities, fieldwork, presentations and discussions. The course 
will be conducted in English, and given its interactive nature, the 
participants are required to have a good command of this language to 
participate efficiently. The course materials have been developed as per the 
guidelines of WHO and the International Network for Rational Use of Drugs 
(INRUD)  in collaboration with eminent colleagues in this field. The 
participants will thus be exposed to a wide range of national and international 
experience.

COLLABORATING INSTITUTIONS

* WHO SEARO, New Delhi http://www.searo.who.int/
* Delhi Society for Promotion of Rational Use of Drugs (DSPRUD), New Delhi, 
India
* Alliance for Prudent Use of Antibiotics (APUA)
* Rajasthan Society for Promotion of Rational Use of Drugs (RSPRUD), Jaipur, 
India
* Quality Network for Rational Drug Management in Primary Health Care 
http://www.qu4rad.net

CONTACT ADDRESS   
Jawahar  S. Bapna
Indian Institute of Health Management Research
1, Prabhu Dayal Marg, Airport Road
Jaipur ? 302 011, INDIA prudc.india@gmail.com

HIGHLIGHTS
* Current access to medicines scenario
* What influences medicines use by the consumers
* Investigating medicines use pattern and identifying problems
* How to prioritize problems related to medicines use in the community
* Conducting a rapid appraisal to analyze problem and identification of 
solutions 
* Fieldwork and data analysis
* Monitoring and evaluation
* Face-to-face education
* Advocacy and networking
* Developing research projects 
* Developing research projects linked to Interventions
* Understanding rational use of drug use in HIV/AIDS
* Care and support of PLHA

FEES AND APPLICATION
The fee of US$ 550 (Rs 24,750) covers shared accommodation at the Institute 
guest house, tuition, course materials, field visit, airport pickup, and three 
meals a day. Interested candidates may send CV along with the plan of 
activities related to RUD that they would like to conduct in their 
institute/region after attending the course. The last date for the receipt of 
applications is 31 October 2006.

TRAINERS
Jawahar S. Bapna, MSc (Med), PhD is Professor of Health and Pharma Management 
at the Indian Institute of Health Management Research. He has conducted 
extensive field surveys, data collection for research projects with agencies 
like WHO, World Bank, EU, Euro Health Group and MSH at primary care level.  He 
has  experience of working with essential drugs and vaccines programmes under 
WHO-India Essential Drugs Programme as Vice- President of Delhi Society for 
Promotion of Rational Use of Drugs.  mailto:jbapna@iihmr.org  
Prem  C. Dandiya, PhD (Toronto) is the Emeritus Professor, SMS Medical College, 
Jaipur and President, RSPRUD. He has been the President of Indian 
Pharmacological Society, Pharmacy Council of India and Indian Pharmaceutical 
Congress Associations. He has an extensive experience in the area of the 
utilization of pharmaceutical services and training on RUD. 
mailto:dandiya@sancharnet.in  
Shiv D. Gupta, MD, PhD (Johns Hopkins) is Director, Indian Institute of Health 
Management Research, He has experience in the area of Information Management 
with reference to planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of health 
systems research in India. mailto:sdgupta@iihmr.org  
Nirmal Gurbani, PhD is head of public health Institute, Jaipur. He is the 
secretary of Rajasthan Society for Promotion of Rational Use of Drugs. 
Currently he is the coordinator of WHO-India Essential Drugs Programme. 
mailto:dsprud@satyam.net.in  
Kunda Gharpure, MD is MD is Associate Professor in Pharmacology at Medical 
College Nagpur. Trained by WHO-HAI he has been associated with medicine pricing 
project..  He attended PRUDC 2005 course at IIHMR, Jaipur 2005.
Margaretha Helling Borda, has been former Director of the WHO Action Programme 
on Essential Drugs, Geneva, Switzerland. She has been the Secretary of the WHO 
First Expert committee on National Drug Policies and has worked in more than 70 
developed and developing countries. She has worked and continue to work as 
public health consultant, particularly in Sout East Asia and the Western 
Pacific regions" mailto:m.helling-borda@bluewin.ch  
Kathleen A. Holloway, FRCP, MRCGP, PhD, is a medical officer with the 
Department of Medicines Policy and Standards, WHO Geneva, where she has worked 
for the past 6 years on promoting rational use of medicines and containing 
antimicrobial resistance. Prior to WHO she worked for 10 years in clinical 
practice and public health in Asia and 11 years as a clinician in the UK. 
mailto:hollowayk@who.int
Pooran Joshi PhD is Professor of Anthropology, University of Delhi. He has the 
experience in the area of qualitative research in different types of health 
facilities settings. mailto:med_anthro_ihbas@hotmail.com
Gurdas Khilnani, MD is Professor and Head, Pharmacology, SMS Medical College, 
Jaipur. He participated in WHO sponsored Pharmaco-economics Course in India. He 
is a resource person for the European Commission supported RUD programme in 
Rajasthan.
Mukul Mathur, PhD is Associate Professor in Pharmacology at SMS Medical 
College, Jaipur. He participated in RUD studies in Rajasthan and good 
laboratory practuces inspection at Delhi. mailto:mathur_mukul@rediffmail.com
Ranjit Roychaudhury, MD is Health Advisor Government of India, Chair INCLEN, 
UNESCO Professor at Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok and Emeritus Professor at 
the National Institute of Immunology, New Delhi. He is Coordinator of the 
India-WHO Programme in Rational Use of Drugs. He has worked with WHO as 
Regional Advisor in Pharmaceuticals at EMRO, Alexandria and introduced 
programmes on RUD in nineteen countries in the region. 
mailto:dsprud@satyam.net.in  
Sangeeta Sharma MD is Assistant Professor at the Institute of Human Behaviour & 
Allied Sciences. She also worked as Technical Coordinator, India ? WHO 
Essential Drugs Programme, Delhi Society for Promotion of Rational Use of 
Drugs. She compiled the Standard Treatment Guidelines and User?s Manual on 
Drugs for pharmacists and patients and has experience in the area of 
prescribing behaviour of physicians. mailto:sharmasangeeta2003@yahoo.com  
Vijay R. Thawani, MD is Associate Professor in Pharmacology at Medical College 
Nagpur. Trained by WHO-HAI he has been associated with medicine pricing 
project..  He attended PRUDC 2005 course at IIHMR, Jaipur 2005.  He is one of 
the Directors of Indian Academy for Rational Use of Drugs (IARUD). 
mailto:vijaythawani@rediffmail.com  
Krisantha Weerasuriya, MD, PhD, FRCP is a clinical pharmacologist and is 
Regional Adviser in Essential Drugs and Medicines Policy (EDM) Programme at   
the WHO South-East Asia Regional Organization (SEARO) office at  New Delhi, 
India. mailto:WeerasuriyaK@WHOSEA.ORG 

--
C. Sunitha Srinivas
Associate Professor
Pharmacy Adminstration and Practice
Faculty of Pharmacy
Rhodes University
Grahamstown, 6140, South Africa
Tel: +27 46 603 8396
Fax:+27 46 636 1205
Email: mailto:s.srinivas@ru.ac.za

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