FIFARMA’s annual local associations meeting was held on January 29th and 30th, 2019 in Santiago, Chile.
Directors from all member associations had the opportunity to be involved in strategic discussions focused on improving and promoting healthcare for the Latin American population, and learning about the objectives of each Association in the region, which help guide and refine FIFARMA’s regional priorities for 2019. The discussions were led by Luis Villalba, Executive Director of FIFARMA and Juan Carlos Trujillo, Director of Operations and International Policy of FIFARMA. Additionally, Carl Meacham, Associate Vice President Latam of PhRMA, contributed his association’s perspective and priorities for Latin America in 2019.
On the second day, the meeting was attended by two guest speakers: Mr. Rony Lenz, representing the Institute of Public Health of Andres Bello University, and former president of the Chilean Chapter of the International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcome Research (ISPOR), and Mr. Javier Picó, of LifeSciences Consultants Mexico. Both experts participated in a panel moderated by Jean Jacques Duhart, Vice President of CIF, and Cristóbal Thompson, Executive Director of AMIIF, which aimed to inform FIFARMA members and partner organizations about new perspectives to foster public spending efficiencies on healthcare systems.
The local associations meeting was conducive to sharing experiences and objectives, which clearly showed common themes and goals for improving healthcare and access in the region, considering the different local contexts and shaping FIFARMA’s agenda and support priorities for 2019.