Medicine Safety Overview
The University of Washington Department of Global Health is designated as a WHO Collaboration Center for Mass Gatherings. Mass gatherings are events attended by a sufficient number of people to strain the planning and response resources of a community, state, province, or nation. These can include small and medium events.
The primary activities of the UW Collaborating Center include:
- Training, tools and resources for mass gatherings in low resource settings
- Planning for medical countermeasures (drugs, vaccines, mass dispensing) of mass gatherings
- Public health emergency communications
- Operational research guidance for small to medium sized mass gatherings
- Mass casualty events in low resource settings
The program, a partnership between VillageReach, the Barr Foundation, the Malawi Ministry of Health, the Malawi College of Health Sciences, and the University of Washington Global Medicines Program, aims to increase healthcare access through improvements in the public health supply chain.
The three-year Malawi program has been designed to improve health system capacity through increasing the human resources needed to improve supply chain performance and medicines management in rural communities. The program will build systems needed to support improved medicines management by addressing three key elements: training and deploying pharmacy staff; increasing supply chain capacity; and improving data management and reporting of logistics data. During the course of the program, 150 pharmacy assistance will be trained and deployed in rural health facilities serving a population of approximately 4.5 million. This represents the start of reaching the Ministry of Health goal of training 650 Pharmacy Assistance to support primary health care in Malawi.