We hope that you, your families, and colleagues are in good health and spirit as the world faces the global pandemic of COVID-19. In light of the global health crisis, the April 2020 issue of ISPOR News Across EMEA brings reports and articles submitted by our regional members that discuss the current impact of the evolving pandemic on healthcare systems in the EMEA region and the role of health economics and outcomes research (HEOR).
This issue features reports on COVID-19 from Kenya, Poland, Ukraine and Spain and an article on the “Value-Based Assessment in Pandemics” offering a perspective from Egypt. We also highlight the recently held ISPOR educational webinar organized by the ISPOR Africa Network on a timely topic of: “Financing Epidemics: Developing an Insurance Scheme for Outbreaks in Africa.” Furthermore, we bring you news from ISPOR Regional Chapters and updates from ISPOR HQ office including Virtual ISPOR 2020 event, to be opened on May 14 with an online session on COVID-19 followed by a comprehensive online program on May 18-20, 2020.
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HEALTH SYSTEMS AND COVID-19 – ISPOR REGIONAL CHAPTER MEMBER PERSPECTIVES, EMEA REGION
Value-based Assessment in Pandemics: Is It Significant? (March 26, 2020) “ by Gihan Hamdy El-sisi, MSc, PhD,HTA Office, Middle East and North Africa, ISPOR Egypt Chapter
“In pandemics like the COVID-19, the true significance of value-based assessment becomes very prominent. The fear of contagion in highly infectious diseases as such places high value on home therapies.” To read the full article, please access here.
COVID-19 and the Current Impact of the Novel Virus on Health Care System in Spain (March 29, 2020) by Jonathan Galduf, PharmD, MSc, SUN Pharma, ISPOR Spain Chapter; Paloma González García, BPharm, MSc, Hologic Inc., ISPOR Spain Chapter
“The number of deaths in Spain are skyrocketing more rapidly than they did in China. Up to date, diagnosis test is only indicating if a person has symptoms and has been in contact with a confirmed or probable case during the last 14 days.” To read the full article, please access here.
COVID-19 and the Current Impact of the Novel Virus on Health Care System in Ukraine and the Role of HEOR (March 30, 2020) by Olha Zaliska, PhD, DSci, Danylo Halytsky Lviv National Medical University, ISPOR Ukraine Chapter; Oresta Piniazhko, PhD, State Expert Centre of Ministry of Health, Ukraine, ISPOR Ukraine Chapter; Serediuk V., MEcon, HTA Department at State Expert Centre of Ministry of Health, Ukraine; Zakharian A., M. Econ, MBA, HTA Department at State Expert Centre of Ministry of Health, Ukraine,
“In a response to the COVID-19 outbreak based on WHO recommendations and experience of other countries with a high incidence of disease, the Ukrainian government took decisive preventive measures. To stop the spread of COVID-19, the Ministry of Health of Ukraine (MoH) introduced a national quarantine.” To read the full article, please access here.
Poland COVID-19 Update (March 29, 2020)by Marcin Czech, MD, PhD, ISPOR Poland Chapter
“Just after receiving confirmation about an epidemic outbreak in China, the Warsaw Chopin Airport made special surveys for passengers arriving from China coupled with temperature measure. As of 29 February 2020, the National Institute of Public Health – National Institute of Hygiene (firstly supported by the Berlin hospital Charité) started to carry out testing. Now many state laboratories carry out testing of suspected cases based on PCR.” To read the full article, please access here.
HEOR and COVID 19 in Kenya Report (March 27, 2020) by Dominic M. Mogere, PhD, Great Lakes University of Kisumu, ISPOR Kenya Chapter
“We are seeing MOH consulting and engaging other partners in making critical decisions heavily borrowing from the HEOR model. To ensure that donations i.e. testing kits meet the highest standards the government is categorical that such donations must be safe and effective.” To read the full article, please access here.
Novel Coronavirus in Africa
According to WHO as of April 8, 2020 there were over 10,700 confirmed coronavirus cases in Africa and 533 confirmed deaths. For weekly briefs on COVID-19 affecting the African countries and information on the scientific and public health policy updates visit the Africa Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
HEOR/HEALTH POLICY UPDATES FROM EMEA REGION
- European Commission Launches “COVID-19 Clinical Management Support System. On 24 March, the European Commission launched the “COVID-19 Clinical Management Support System” with the aim to support clinicians in hospitals that are currently facing the coronavirus emergency all over Europe. Read more. For a full overview of the European Commission’s support to the EU Member States to respond to the pandemic please visit this page.
- EMA Establishes COVID-19 Task Force. In order to ensure quick and coordinated actions related to COVID-19 vaccines or treatments, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) has established a special task force. More information in EMA’s press release
- European Commission Alerts About Sustainability of Healthcare Systems Across the EU. The European Commission’s European Semester communication was published on February 26 2020. The European Semester includes country-by-country evaluations that the Commission makes to facilitate coordination of economic policies across the bloc. Health systems are one of the areas of economic activity that is a part of the European Semester evaluation exercise. Full text of the communication.
- HTA and Supporting Universal Health Coverage (UHC) in Ghana. The role of Health Technology Assessment in support of achieving UHC in Ghana is critical according to Ghanaian policy makers. Read more at iDSI.
Financing Epidemics: Developing an Insurance Scheme for Outbreaks in Africa The open ISPOR Educational Webinar organized by the ISPOR Africa Network on April 1, 2020 attracted more than 160 registrants across the globe. The session highlighted an ongoing initiative to create an insurance scheme in African countries to provide emergency financing for disease outbreaks. The presentation was delivered by Paul Wilson, PhD, Assistant Professor of Clinical Population and Family Health at the Mailman School of Public Health of Columbia University, an expert in global health policy. Dr. Mohammed Lamorde, the ISPOR Africa Network Chair moderated the webinar: “All countries must have ready access to financial resources to confront disease outbreaks. In Africa, during large outbreaks, international financing is often used to supplement domestic resources. While the true cost of outbreaks can be difficult to estimate, it is clear that early and rapid intervention can reduce epidemic severity and avert costs. Costs of a model viral hemorrhagic fever outbreak increase exponentially with an increase in the number of confirmed cases from a few cases to tens of cases. To address this challenge, African member states are currently in the early stages of implementing a sovereign parametric insurance scheme for outbreaks (African Risk Capacity). If successful, this measure will create an additional layer of financing between domestic financing and traditional international donor assistance.” To view the recording of the presentation, please access here.
Welcome to Virtual ISPOR 2020 “HEOR: Advancing Evidence to Action”, May 14, 18-20, 2020.
Due to the current status of the COVID-19 pandemic and associated global regulations, restrictions, and advisories ISPOR made decision to cancel the ISPOR 2020 in-person event, which will now take place as a virtual conference. The program includes a special session dedicated to the subject of COVID-19 followed by a comprehensive program including 3 plenary sessions, issue panels, workshops, podium presentations, and symposia. Research abstracts from the conference will be published in the Society’s journal, Value in Health, and will be available in the ISPOR Presentations Database.
- May 14 COVID-19 Session HEOR in the Era of COVID-19 This virtual session will discuss health economics and outcomes research (HEOR) insights and perspectives on the evolving epidemic situation and the implications for short-term and long-term healthcare decisions.
- May 18, 19, 20 Plenary Sessions Plenary 1: Health Policy—Designing for the Future Plenary 2: HEOR and Clinical Decision Making—Advancing Meaningful Progress Plenary 3: On the Road to Enhanced Cost-Effectiveness Analysis—New Directions, New Milestones
- Virtual Short Course Program | June–September 2020 | Dates and Times to be Announced
A virtual Short Course program will be announced over the next few weeks with courses offered from June to September.
Detailed program and registration information available at Virtual ISPOR 2020
For information on ISPOR’s COVID-19 response and a status on the Society’s conferences, please access here.
ISPOR CHAPTERS REGIONAL NEWS
- “Digital Transformation in Healthcare: New Roles & Shared Responsibilities” was the focus of the ISPOR Spain Chapter meeting held on January 29, 2020 at the Madrid Medical College. The event was inspired by the ISPOR Europe 2019 conference in November 2019 and was organized into roundtables dedicated to: Pricing and Reimbursement (P&R) System in Spain and Spanish National Health System Advances in Digitalization. For more information visit ISPOR Spain Chapter.
- “Clinical Pharmacology and Evaluation of Medical Technologies in Sustainable Health Care Strategies” conference was held in Belarus on November 29, 2019. It was dedicated to the 35th anniversary of the Department of Clinical Pharmacology of the “Belarusian State Medical University” and the 10th anniversary of the Clinical Pharmacology Service of the Republic of Belarus. The conference was attended by more than 420 participants, among whom where expert clinical pharmacologists, students, and practitioners. For more information visit ISPOR Belarus Chapter.
EMEA NETWORKS AND CONSORTIUM UPDATES
- ISPOR Global Networks – EMEA 2019 Chapter Annual Report Thank you to all Chapter leaders for complying and submitting their Chapters reports! We are happy to report that 81% Chapters have responded and completed the survey between November 2019 and February 2020 deadline. These reports provide valuable insight into the state of governance, organization, membership as well as Chapter’s progress and accomplishments in research, education, policy, membership recruitment and engagement, and publications in the past year. Submission is required according to ISPOR Chapter governance compliance. Results of the 2019 Chapter Annual Report analysis will be presented in one of the upcoming issues of the News Across EMEA. Information from the Chapter Annual Report provides basis for the ISPOR 2020 Outstanding Chapter Award process. This year’s winners will be announced in early July.
- Congratulations to Dr. Ibrahim Alabbadi, PhD, MBA, BPharm on being appointed the new Deputy Editor of ISPOR Value in Health Regional Issues. Dr. Alabbadi is a long-time ISPOR member, President of ISPOR Jordan Chapter and past Chair of ISPOR Arabic Network. In his new role he will support the publication process and strengthen the excellence and impact of ISPOR’s journal. For more information about ViHRI and how to submit an article, visit Value in Health Regional Issues.
ISPOR MEMBER NEWS AND ENGAGEMENT OPPORTUNITIES
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- New ISPOR Women in HEOR “Resources” Page The Women in Health Economics and Outcomes Research (HEOR) Initiative recently launched a new “Resources” webpage which includes links to presentations from recent conferences as well as external resources to grow your network and advance your career. Click here to access the new resources page. The ISPOR Women in HEOR initiative is open to all ISPOR members who have an interest in the advancement of women in the field—both women and men. Much research has demonstrated that diversity is a business/performance issue, not a women’s issue. This initiative seeks to foster diversity in HEOR—with the knowledge that diversity in the field will result in better research and better healthcare decisions. For more information on the initiative, please click here.
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