Everyone’s heard about those internships where the main tasks are making coffee and copying and filing mountains of documents. Well, not at Health Action International (HAI)! Being an #InvaluableIntern here means you’re adopted as valued member of our team. With guidance from our staff, many of our interns conduct their own research projects on access to medicines and rational use of medicines topics to meet their course requirements.
In our new blog series, “Staff Spotlight”, we’re introducing you to people who are worth a mint to us: Our staff. What would an organisation like ours be without these passionate people who dedicate their work lives (and more) to improving healthcare worldwide—whose everyday mission is to enable all people to access and properly use the medicines they need?
by BIRTE BOGATZ, Communications Advisor
Ask other nationalities what they associate with the Dutch and you’ll most likely hear, “cheese, windmills and tulips”. Annoying perennial prejudices—although the cheese really IS the best in the world (sorry, Swiss!). And who doesn’t like tulips?
But there’s another thing about the Dutch that’s really striking: in spite of their relatively small number,
by LANDER VAN OMMEN, Chair, Stichting HAI Foundation Board
High medicine prices continue to generate headlines and anger patients, healthcare providers, policymakers, payers and others in many countries around the world. But here at Health Action International, we know that high prices are only part of the story in keeping medicines out of reach for millions people.
Only when all pieces of a puzzle are assembled do you see a picture. The pieces come in different shapes and sizes, but each has a purpose—and missing one will leave an obvious gap. Only together do they form a greater whole.
Now and in the coming months, we’d like to introduce you to Health Action International’s most precious ‘puzzle pieces’: Our staff.
By Ancel.la Santos | Senior Policy Advisor
Health Action International (HAI) was yesterday announced as a member of the Health Technology Assessment (HTA) Network Stakeholder Pool. The Pool has been established to facilitate contributions by a wide range of stakeholders to policy development related to HTAs in the European Union (EU).
We look forward to actively participating in future discussions and to supporting initiatives that strengthen the role of HTAs as a promoter of innovation,
by BOBBI KLETTKE
When 21-year-old Kissa Ojok became pregnant with her first child, she feared for her life. For years, she had heard stories from other women in her community, a rural village in central Uganda, about the pain, suffering—even death—that many before her had endured during pregnancy and childbirth. She had also heard,