“Frontiers of Global Health Beyond ‘Access to Medicines’” Global Health Forum was held on February 22, 2018 at the Tokyo American Club. The global health forum was co-hosted by COSMO and Management Science for Health (MSH), a non-profit organization based in Washington D.C. Approximately 60 people, including medical doctors, pharmaceutical industry representatives, researchers, students, and officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs participated and discussed the issues facing access to medicine and medical services in developing countries.
Keynote speakers, Ms. Marian Wentworth, President and CEO of MSH and Dr. Dai Hozumi, Senior Director of Healthcare and Medical Technology of MSH spoke about health issues, healthcare systems, and the safe supply of medicine in low to middle income countries around the world. The audience asked many questions, reflecting the high level of interest in this issue.
Developing countries’ access to medicines and services has raised significant social concerns, which has accelerated participation by Japanese companies in seeking a solution. COSMO and MSH plan to continue to hold forums focused on healthcare issues in developing countries.