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CPH to organize 1st conference on medication sector in Qatar | Qatar University

CPH to organize 1st conference on medication sector in Qatar

2018-03-06
Dr Egoon Taft during his speech

Will provide an understanding of the blockade’s impact on medication security

CPH launched its upcoming first-ever conference titled “Medication Sector in Qatar: Hand in Hand Facing the Blockade” at a press conference held on March 6.

Details of the 2-day conference (March 9-10) were outlined by QU Vice President for Medical and Health Sciences and College of Medicine (CMED) Dean Dr Egon Toft, CPH Dean and Chairperson of the Conference Advisory Committee Dr Mohammad Diab, Director of Research and Graduate Studies, Medical and Health Sciences Office Dr Feras Alali, and CPH Associate Professor and Head of Clinical Pharmacy and Practice Section and Chair of the Conference Organizing Committee Dr Maguy El Hajj, in the presence of CPH faculty and staff and representatives of the local media.

The conference will bring together experts from QU, the Ministry of Public Health, Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC), the Ministry of Economy and Commerce, and Qatar Pharmaceutical Industry to share their expertise and experience to address the need of building and preserving medication security in Qatar. It aims to provide an in-depth understanding of the unjust blockade’s impact on medication security in Qatar and to identify the various opportunities and challenges of achieving an independent medicinal identity in Qatar.

Keynote speaker Dr Abdullatif Al-Khal, HMC Deputy Chief Medical Officer and QU Health Director of Clinical Affairs, will deliver a speech on the “Medication Sector in Qatar: Hand in Hand Facing the Blockade”.

The event’s program features many discussions focused on three main themes: “Medication Management and Accessibility to Medication in Qatar”, “Building Pharmaceutical Industry and Innovation in Qatar”, and “Building Human Capacity in Qatar”. These discussions will contribute to planning the initiatives to achieve medicinal self-sufficiency.

It also includes three moderated panel discussions titled “Regulatory, Drug Supply, Academia and Pharmaceutical Industry: Working Together Facing the Blockade”, “Building Pharmaceutical Industry and Innovation: Current Challenges and Future Directions”, and “Medication Security for Qatar”, and a workshop on “Qatar Generic Medicines Policy” delivered by Dr Mohamed Azmi Hassali, Professor at Universiti Sains Malaysia School of Pharmaceutical Sciences.

Also on the program are numerous oral presentations presented by speakers from QU, HMC, Ministry of Public Health, Qatar Council for Healthcare Practitioner, Qlife, Qatar Pharma, and Universiti Sains Malaysia.

In his remarks, Dr Egon Toft said: “We are proud to be part of this first-ever conference which is a great initiative by the College of Pharmacy at Qatar University. In hosting such conference, Qatar University demonstrates its major contribution to the future of the health care system as the University has always put emphasis on developing the health care sector in Qatar. This conference will contribute to supporting the health care sector from the human rights perspective as it sheds light on the impact of the blockade on the right to health and on the process of ensuring access to medicine in Qatar pre- and post-blockade. It also shows that Qatar has paved the way to independency and self-sufficiency in health and medicine related issues.”

Dr Mohammad Diab said: “The unjust blockade, which is imposed on the State of Qatar, is a decisive moment in the country’s history and a challenge that puts every institution and every individual in front of a huge responsibility. As part of its social responsibility and role as an incubator of thoughts, Qatar University developed an action plan that includes various initiatives and effective programs to ensure academic and scientific interaction with this unjust blockade as well as academic credibility in analyzing and studying the blockade and its consequences, while providing ways to build national capacities to achieve sustainability and independence. This conference aligns with Qatar University’s comprehensive plan and the College of Pharmacy’s role as the first and only college of pharmacy in Qatar. It is also a translation of the speech of His Highness the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani in which he said: "We require diligence, creativity, independent thinking, constructive initiatives and interest in academic achievement in all disciplines, self-reliance and fighting indolence and dependency". Through gathering national and local competencies, the conference is also a testament that the State of Qatar has the human resources and capacities to manage and ensure medicine security.”

Dr Feras Alali said: “This conference aligns with the College pf Pharmacy’s social responsibility and engagement, especially at this time when the country is facing an unjust and illegal blockade. The event will bring together many stakeholders and partners to study the impact of the blockade on the medicine sector and to assess the current situation, as well as to effectively contribute to establishing and implementing strategies in order to ensure medicine security and the welfare of Qatar’s people.”

Dr Maguy El Hajj said: “This conference targets health care professionals and experts. Until today, over 150 participants have registered to attend the conference’s discussions, presentations and workshop. The conference has been accredited by the Qatar Council for Healthcare Practitioners and the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education.”

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