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Dear colleagues,

We are pleased to announce the international postgraduate training course On: 

RATIONAL MANAGEMENT OF MEDICINES-
A FOCUS ON HIV/AIDS, TB AND MALARIA

14 – 26 October 2012
Pretoria, South Africa

This acclaimed course has been continually updated and revised over its 12-year 
history and offers state-of -the-art information and practice guidelines. Below 
you will find a summary of this course.

If you are interested to attend, please check our website for the complete 
course description and the application form or send an email to: 
courses-sti@unibas.ch.

For any questions or remarks, do not hesitate to contact us.
Kind regards

Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute
Course Secretariat
Socinstrasse 57
P.O Box
CH - 4002 Basel / Switzerland
Tel.: + 41 61 284 82 80
Fax: + 41 61 284 81 06
E-mail: courses-sti@unibas.ch
Internet: www.swisstph.ch 

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RATIONAL MANAGEMENT OF MEDICINES-
A FOCUS ON HIV/AIDS, TB AND MALARIA

14  – 26 October 2012
Pretoria, South Africa

CONTENTS OVERVIEW
Health is an intrinsic human right as well as a central input to poverty 
reduction and socioeconomic development. Cost-effective interventions including 
medicines for controlling major diseases exist, but a lack of money for health 
and a range of system constraints hamper efforts to expand health services to 
the poor. From penicillin to insulin, antiseptics to antiretrovirals, science 
has led to dramatic improvements in health worldwide. Medicines are an 
essential and cost-effective tool of health care and an important element of 
health systems. Yet the main diseases of poverty such as HIV/AIDS, malaria and 
tuberculosis continue to claim innumerable lives in low income countries. 
Today, for millions of people worldwide essential medicines remain unavailable 
and unaffordable. Irrational medicine use is a global public health problem. 
Counterfeit and poor quality medicines are an additional barrier to equitable 
access to medicines. Millions of adults and children die each year from 
treatable and preventable diseases. There is an urgent need to develop adequate 
strategies that ensure better access to medicines. It is about getting 
evidence-based and effective medicines to the people who need them, whether by 
reducing their costs, promoting research and development, improving their 
distribution, increasing their efficacy and acceptability, or slowing down the 
development of antimicrobial resistance.

OBJECTIVES
To enable health professionals to understand and apply the concepts and 
principles of essential medicines and rational medicine management with a focus 
on the diseases of poverty HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis, to recognise the 
need for a national and international medicine policy environment, to improve 
knowledge and skills and to gain practical field experience for rational 
medicine management within different health system contexts.

 COURSE TOPICS
•       Historic milestones and current global medicine situation 
•       Concept of essential medicines and its relevance in primary health care
•       Roles of different stakeholders including health workers, traditional 
healers, Ministry of Health, international organisations and the pharmaceutical 
industry 
•       The global context, health initiatives, treaties and national medicine 
policy
•       Treatment guidelines, essential medicine lists and personal medicine 
lists 
•       Patterns of medicine use and adherence, strategies for promoting 
rational medicine use 
•       Antimicrobial resistance and approaches for containment 
•       Medicine quality and quality assurance 
•       Rational management of HIV/Aids, malaria and tuberculosis related 
treatment
•       Framework and components of a medicine supply system including 
procurement and distribution 
•       Elements of medicine costs, affordability and financing options

TARGET GROUP
Health professionals and managers with experience (at least two years) in 
international health and the pharmaceutical sector.

DURATION
2 weeks (90 hours student investment time). Equivalent to 3 ECTS points towards 
the TropEd European Master in International Health. A certificate will be 
awarded after successful completion.

COURSE FORMAT
The course language is English. The course combines lectures, in-depth 
discussions of case studies, short presentations, small group exercises and 
field visits. The course is highly participatory and participants will be 
exposed to a wide range of international experiences and materials.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE
Please contact the course secretariat for an application form. Application 
deadline: 15 August 2012

COURSE FEE
The total course fee is CHF 3240.- (Swiss Francs) including tuition, 
accommodation/full board and must be paid 8 weeks before the start of the 
course. Cost for international flights must be added. Travel to South Africa 
has to be organized by the participant.

LOCATION
The course will be held in Pretoria, South Africa. The Department of Pharmacy 
of the Medunsa Campus (previously the Medical University of Southern Africa) is 
the host organization. 

COURSE FACULTY
The course is facilitated by international and national experts. The academic 
panel will include a number of highly experienced professionals from various 
institutions.

COURSE COORDINATORS 
Dr. Karin Wiedenmayer (SwissTPH)
Prof. Rob Summers (Medunsa)

CONTACT ADDRESS
Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute
Course Secretariat
Socinstrasse 57
P.O Box
CH - 4002 Basel / Switzerland
Tel.: + 41 61 284 82 80
Fax: + 41 61 284 81 06
E-mail: courses-sti@unibas.ch
Internet: www.swisstph.ch 


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Dr. Karin Wiedenmayer
Pharmaceutical Public Health Expert
Swiss Centre for International Health
T: +41 61 284 8126
F: +41 61 284 8103
karin.wiedenmayer@unibas.ch

Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute
Socinstrasse 57, P.O Box
4002 Basel, Switzerland
www.swisstph.ch
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