Universal Health Coverage Conference to Take Place in South Africa

From September 28 to 30, 2014, global experts will convene in Cape Town, South Africa, in a meeting organized by Management Sciences for Health (MSH) with funding from SIAPS to start a dialogue on medicines and universal health coverage (UHC). At last year’s meeting, it became clear that many national UHC plans do not give priority to medicines management. The meeting in Cape Town will focus on managing medicines in the context of UHC rollout. The meeting objectives are:

  • Sharing successful and unsuccessful experiences in how countries have incorporated medicines into their UHC strategies
  • Creating a shared understanding on how sound medicines benefits design and management can contribute to cost control
  • Building a case for use of evidence-based decision making in medicines benefits design and management
  • Sharing the pilot experiences of Namibia and South Africa as they implemented a new tool on medicines benefits management

For more information about this meeting and other UHC issues, please visit our website at www.uhc-medicines.org