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E-DRUG: Course: Rational Management of Medicines - focus on HIV/AIDS, TB, 

Dear colleagues,

We are pleased to announce the eighth international postgraduate
training course on: 

Ifakara, Tanzania, 3 - 14 November 2008

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. Rational medicine
policy and management is critically important in view of constrained
health budgets to achieve efficiency, equity and quality of health care
in pluralistic health systems. 

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. 

Historic milestones and current global medicine situation 
Concept of essential medicines and its relevance in primary health care
Concept and principles of rational medicine management in pluralistic
and reforming health systems 
Roles of different stakeholders including health workers, traditional healers, 
research organisations and the pharmaceutical industry
The international context, global treaties and national medicine policy
Treatment guidelines, essential medicine lists and personal medicine
Patterns of medicine use, strategies for the promotion of rational
medicine use, community medicine use 
Antimicrobial resistance and approaches for containment 
Medicine quality and quality assurance 
Rational management of HIV/Aids, malaria and tuberculosis
Rlated framework and components of a medicine supply system including
procurement and distribution 
Elements of medicine costs, affordability and financing options 
Critical medicine information management 

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

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. 

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. 

Please contact the course secretariat for an application form.
Application deadline: 31 August 2008 

The total course fee is CHF 2300.- (Swiss Francs) including tuition,
accommodation/full board and must be paid 8 weeks before the start
of the course. This sum includes the registration fee (CHF 100.-)
which is due at the moment of acceptance. If a participant does not
attend the course, the registration fee cannot be reimbursed. If
cancellation is less than 4 weeks before beginning of the course an
additional fee of CHF 500.- will be charged. Cost for international
flights must be added. Travel to Tanzania has to be organized by the

There are only very limited scholarships available for this course.

Tanzania Training Centre for International Health in Ifakara, Tanzania.
Next to a successful research institution (IHC) and the renovated St.
Francis Designated District Hospital with 370 beds, a modern and well
equipped campus for teaching and training is available in a remote
rural region of Tanzania about 420 km South West of Dar es Salaam
that is reached by train or road. The many interfaces between
theoretical and practical training make Ifakara a focal point for
teaching and research in beautiful Tanzania.
The course is facilitated by international and national experts. The
academic panel will include a number of highly experienced
professionals from WHO, MEDUNSA (Limpopo), Phasuma, Nuffield
(Leeds), STI, Tanzanian MOH, MSH and IHC. 

Dr. Karin Wiedenmayer (STI)

Swiss Tropical 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.sti.ch 


The Swiss Tropical Institute (STI) was founded in 1943. The STI offers an 
interdisciplinary approach to research, teaching and services in the field 
of International Health.

The aim of the STI is to contribute to the improvement of the health of 
populations internationally and nationally through excellence in research, 
services and teaching and training. Activities of the Institute in the 
framework of national and international mandates have led to its 
world-wide recognition in the field of International Health.
The STI has significant expertise in the pharmaceutical sector with 
teaching and training, research, clinical trials, assessments and 
implementation verification and international development cooperation. STI 
offers postgraduate courses in various topics for health staff. 

A collaborative network of 27 Tropical Institutes and related institutions 
in 13 different countries in Europe offers a joint modular Master�€~s 
Curriculum in International Health (MIH). The modular structure allows the 
stu­dies to be spread over 5 years.
For further information: www.troped.org

Karin Wiedenmayer, MSc, PharmD
Swiss Tropical Institute
Swiss Centre for International Health
Socinstrasse 57
4002 Basel
T+41 61 284 81 26
F+41 61 284 81 03

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