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UCL FTF Presents: Digital Natives Fight Fake Medicines

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WHO - 72nd World Health Assembly side event:

"Digital Natives Fight Fake Medicines"

20th May 2019, 2-4pm, InterContinental Hotel Geneva


Policy rationale

Falsified medicines pose a serious health hazard for individuals and public health more generally. The vast economic and socioeconomic costs & consequences make the fight against fake medicines undeniably a key element of achieving Universal Health Coverage (UHC) by 2030.

Achieving universal health coverage (UHC) by 2030 is a key priority of the World Health Organisation’s (WHO); with digital health bridging access to care on a global scale. The resolution on “Digital Health” adopted at the 71st World Health Assembly (WHA) by 193 WHO member states affirms the digital opportunity to strengthen UHC and access to quality data and medical products. Political will to deliver UHC, leveraging the power of digital health, and unleashing the potential of young people in driving global health progress are coalescing to create new opportunities to fight the criminals who put people’s lives at risk, and undermine public health by producing and selling fakes medicines.

This side event will explore how blockchain, apps, nanoscanners and digital technology more generally have great potential for tackling falsified medicines. It will demonstrate the integral part that the technology sector and youth is playing in shaping a bright future where digital technologies present innovative solutions to the growing threat of falsified medicine to public health and ultimately UHC.

Our high-level debate and interviews will bring together inspiring leaders from across all sectors & include:

  • Adebayo Alonge, a pharmacist & co-founder of start-up RxAll

  • Raja Sharif, CEO of FarmaTrust

  • Israel Bimpe, Head of the National Implementation team of Zipline in Rwanda

  • Cyntia Genolet, Head of Health Systems & Africa Policy, responsible for the anti-counterfeiting portfolio at International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers & Associations (IFPMA)

  • Catherine Duggan, CEO of the International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP)

  • Ms Pernette Bourdillon Esteve, Medicines Quality Team at the WHO

  • Edward Kelley, Director, Patient Safety Programme, WHO

  • Dr Paulyne Wairimu, Pharmacy and Poisons Board, Kenya

  • Prof. Serge Rudaz, University of Geneva

  • Maryam Jetha, student, UCL School of Pharmacy

  • and other young tech innovators. More names will be confirmed very soon!

Moderated by Oksana Pyzik, Senior Teaching Fellow, Practice & Policy, UCL School of Pharmacy.

Refreshments will be provided during the event. See you there!

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