Voices from the WHO PIDM
The documentary film Going Further Together (2018) explores the challenges facing members of the WHO Programme for International Drug Monitoring to improve medicines safety in their countries. The four stories here are taken from the main film with each one featuring a local expert who guides us through the issues affecting their country. From economic, geographical and cultural barriers to misinformation and fake medicines.
In remote islands like Cape Verde medicine safety remains one of the least known aspects of healthcare. The national regulatory authority is putting face-to-face advocacy and education at the heart of public health missions to inform and protect the public.
The staff at Croatia’s medicinal products agency (HALMED) work closely with doctors, pharmacists, nurses, regulatory authorities, and pharmaceutical companies to ensure the safety of patients. They are driven by a desire to build a lasting healthcare legacy for this young and ambitious country.
The poison control centre of Morocco is turning to the airwaves to deliver the message that people shouldn’t take the safety of medicines for granted. In recent years, thousands of drugs have come onto the market in Africa, presenting a challenge in terms of regulation and information.
In Peru, pharmacovigilance experts have to think creatively to overcome the geographical challenges of gathering data on adverse drug reactions and educating patients and healthcare workers. Poverty and lack of access to medication also leads to the sale of low quality and counterfeit medicines.