International Conferences on Improving Use of Medicines (ICIUM 2011, ICIUM 2004 and ICIUM 1997)
Three international conferences have brought together leading national and international policy makers, program managers, researchers, clinicians, and other stakeholders to produce state-of-the-art consensus on interventions to improve medicines use in non-industrialized countries, to
define evidence-based recommendations for program implementation, and to generate global research agendas to fill gaps in knowledge.
ICIUM 2011 Despite unprecedented global investments in the previous decade to increase access to some medicines, formidable challenges remained for sustainably improving the health and well-being of most individuals in low- and middle-income countries through appropriately used medicines: Continued inappropriate use of antibiotics, increasing antimicrobial resistance, and new epidemics threatened our ability to successfully and affordably treat communicable diseases while rapidly increasing chronic disease prevalence everywhere required health system strengthening, integration with acute care
and vertical drug delivery systems, and sustainable financing of medicines through expanding health insurance schemes, to avoid further impoverishment of households struggling to pay for medicines.
In November 2011, 593 researchers and policy makers from 86 countries gathered in Antalya, Turkey for the
Third International Conference on Improving Use of Medicines (ICIUM 2011). In addition 262 people attended the live web broadcast sessions at the University of Alexandria, Egypt.
Over the five days we had 589 posters, 38 plenary presentations and 231 oral track presentations. All this material, as well as the consensus summaries is available to view and download.
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ICIUM 2004 Since the first ICIUM conference in 1997, the field of essential medicines had encountered difficult new challenges. Health reforms and decentralization had taken place in many settings, and health care through the private sector was growing rapidly. New financing schemes to support access to essential medicines were being explored. Several new global initiatives had been established to improve medicines access for people with HIV, TB, and malaria.
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In April 2004, 472 leading multi-disciplinary researchers, national and international policy makers, patient advocates and clinicians representing 70 countries gathered in Chiang Mai, Thailand, for the Second International Conference on Improving Use of Medicines (ICIUM 2004). Participants reported on the advances made since ICIUM 1997, developed consensus on strategies for improving use of medicines in light of the new and challenging global medicines environment, and a global research agenda to fill gaps in knowledge.
ICIUM 1997 In April 1997, 272 researchers and policymakers from 43 countries gathered in Chiang Mai, Thailand for the first International Conference on Improving Use of Medicines.
This conference was a milestone event that produced expert international consensus on interventions to improve medicines use in non-industrialized countries and a 5-year global research agenda.
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