The goal of the Medicines in Health Systems TWG is to facilitate positive change in medicines’ availability, access, affordability and use, by informing and facilitating dialogue among different stakeholders in health systems.

If you would like to find out more about the Medicines in Health Systems TWG, the activities we will be involved in at the Symposium, or engage in this important area of research, why not visit us at the HSG stall in the Marketplace and join us at one of the exciting sessions listed below.

You can also visit the Medicines in Health Systems TWG web page, and join the Medicines in Health TWG LinkedIn group!

Official TWG Sessions

Session Type Title Description Date & Time Location
Organized session Access to novel, high-cost cancer medicines – towards a more holistic, ethical and practical framework for health system decisions Providing access to novel, high-cost cancer medicines poses ethical challenges in all health systems.  In this highly interactive session, participants and facilitators will discuss how existing ethical frameworks may be augmented to help policy-makers define approaches for providing access to expensive innovative cancer therapies, in the face of multiple unmet health care needs and constrained resources. 


Friday, November 18, 10:30 -12:00 Room 11
Business meeting The Medicines in Health Systems Thematic Working Group will hold their annual business meeting, with the main topic of how the TWG can meet the needs of our members. Focus areas discussed will include policy, programs, content, and data for Medicines in Health Systems research and methods. Friday, November 18, 12:00 – 13:15 Room 1

Supporting materials for organized session

On October 12th, 2016, we hosted a webinar titled “Access to novel, highly-priced cancer medicines in low-resource settings – ethical challenges on the path to Universal Health Coverage“. In this webinar, we laid out the main ethical and medicines issues around cancer care coverage from a health systems perspective. Senior decision makers from low and middle-income countries shared their experiences with providing cancer treatments in low resource settings and webinar participants will be able to share their perspectives.

If you’d like to find out more, you can watch the recording of the webinar or view the slides.

TWG member sessions

Session Type Title Date & Time Location
Satellite session AMFm Reflections – learning from new evidence on the Affordable Medicine Facility- malaria Monday, November 14, 08.30- 17.30 9
Skills building  session Navigating the treacherous river of access to essential medicines: experience in pediatric endocrinology and diabetes Monday, November 14, 13.00-17.00 Harbour centre 1415
Oral session Current and emerging methods in health policy and systems research (Panelist: Estimating the cost of a package of essential medicines for low- and middle-income countries ) Wednesday, November 16,11.00-12.30 16
Poster presentation A rapidly changing global medicines environment: how adaptable are funding decision-making systems? Wednesday, November 16, 12:30 -14:00 Marketplace
Oral session Evaluation in health policy and systems research: spotlight on non-communicable diseases (Panelist: Trends in affordability and government expenditures on hypertension and diabetes medicines covered under the Farmácia Popular Program) Wednesday, November 16,14.00-15.30 14
Oral session Partnered approaches to understanding health systems: university partnerships, data platforms, tools and measures (Panelist: Fighting Counterfeit and Substandard Medicines through Screening Technology Knowledge Management – USP’s Technology Review) Wednesday, November 16, 16.00-17.30 10
Oral session Knowledge, health products and technology: key factors in building health system resilience (Panelist: Factors behind the underutilization of regional distribution centers of health facilities in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo) Wednesday, November 16, 14.00-15.30 2
Oral session Strengthening the supply of pharmaceuticals and other commodities Thursday, November 17, 14.00-15.30 16
TWG session TWG: Resilient and responsive health systems for a changing world: the role of health markets in managing antibiotic use in low and middle income countries Thursday, November 17, 11- 12-30 18
Organised session Policymaker-researcher collaborations in improving access to medicines: getting the prescription right Friday, November 18,8.30-10.00 19