Improving access to affordable inhaled medicines – generating the evidence

Professor Refiloe Masekela, University of KwaZulu Natal, South Africa

This talk will focus on the one of the 5 key priorities that were identified from a Union convened stakeholders meeting, on the need to generate the evidence to improve access to inhaler medicines. Barriers identified in this meeting, included lack of locally relevant data, especially on the health economic arguments for improving access to quality assured asthma medicines for all. The talk will use Africa as a case study, but highlighting some of the current work being done to address these evidence gaps both on the epidemiologic data, but as well as the health economic evidence.