From the Dean and Director

From the Dean: Prof. Paul Lalvani

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the Millennium Development Goals promote the concept of equitable access to essential medications for all people. Steps must be taken to improve availability of affordable medicines for the underserved around the world. In recent years, substantial progress has been made towards increasing access to essential medicines and treatment to fight HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis. However much still remains to be accomplished.

Recent progress in a number of countries shows that access to essential medicines can be improved through stronger partnership among governments, pharmaceutical companies and the consumer. 

Empower School of Health is working diligently to improve partnerships between pharmaceutical companies, the market place and the public sector. Leveraging its highly experienced faculty, partnerships with pharmaceutical companies in India and around the world, detailed knowledge of the pharmaceutical market place, Empower is uniquely positioned to foster effective cooperation between key stakeholders to promote universal access to medicines for all people.

To this end, Empower has ongoing projects worldwide that include developing certified drug manufacturer databases, supporting and strengthening national medicines regulatory authorities as well as public sector implementers.

From the Director of Education and Training: Prof. Andy Barraclough

There is increased need for continued specialist training and education to support efforts to improve universal access to medicines globally.  Empower has identified a number of factors that that requires continued education and training:

  • The pharmaceutical marketplace is in constant and rapid change;
  • There has been a massive increase in low cost generic pharmaceutical manufacturing in Asia / Latin America;
  • There are stringent procurement conditions, supplier screening and quality monitoring;
  • There has been an increase in the manufacture of counterfeit medications globally; and
  • Donor funding provided by agencies such as PEPFAR and the Global Fund require professionals who have appropriate training to manage and implement projects.

In order to work toward universal access to medicines, we need professionals who have a detailed understanding of the complexity of the mechanics of supply chain management in the global pharmaceutical marketplace.

Empower seeks to bridge the gap between knowledge and action by providing cost-effective trainings to support immediate implementation. To meet this end, Empower delivers a variety of trainings utilizing short, specific topic courses as well as longer trainings in e-learning, post-graduate formats.  Topics are tailored to the client’s needs, and include topics such as procurement, supply chain management, and quality assurance in public health.


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