International Conference "Facing the Challenges: Equity, Sustainability and Access"


Access to medicines is a central pillar of universal health coverage and the sustainable development goals, in particular Goal 3.8 and 3.b. However, large gaps in access to needed medicines remain in low- and middle-income countries and increasingly, high-income country governments are also challenged to provide sustainable access, in particular to high-priced medicines for diseases such as cancer, hepatitis C and rare conditions etc.

To improve access to medicines and increase efficiency in introduction of new medicines, country governments in Europe have started cross border collaboration in a variety of areas using different mechanisms. Collaboration includes topics such as horizon scanning, health technology assessment, price negotiations and joint procurement.

Collaboration on high priced medicines access has increased in recent years due to political interest, uncertainties on the cost-effectiveness on some of the new medicines coming to the market, increased demand for these medicines and limited financial resources among other factors.

This conference aims to share experiences between partners and countries on new ways of collaboration including cross-border collaboration to increase access to medicines.

National Authority of Medicines and Health Products, I.P. (INFARMED)


In colaboration with WHO Europe

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Our Conference will take place at the Auditorium on Tomé Pires building, at INFARMED, Autoridade Nacional do Medicamento e Produtos de Saúde ,I.P., in the Lisbon Health Park (Parque de Saúde de Lisboa)

Adress: Avenida do Brasil, 53 
1749 - 004 Lisboa.

GPS: 38°45'29.1"N 9°08'56.1"W

          38.758069, -9.148908

Our location

Lisbon Health Park is close to the Airport, to Campo Grande and to the Lisbon University.

You can drive by car (entering from the Rua das Murtas), by taxi or you can arrive by METRO (leaving at the Alvalade stop by using the Green Line) or BUS (Hospital Júlio de Matos Stop, by lines 206-717-731-735-750-755-767-783)

Finally, you should drive/walk to the Auditorium of Tomé Pires building inside the Lisbon Health Park

About Portugal

Portugal is situated at the south-west point of Europe and also includes the Madeira and Azores archipelagos in the Atlantic Ocean. Just a few hours from any of the other European capitals and with its mild climate and splendid beaches bathed by the Atlantic Ocean, Portugal attracts visitors from all over the world.

This is a country that has the oldest borders in Europe, with several different landscapes just a short distance away, lots of leisure activities and a unique cultural heritage, where tradition and modernity blend together in perfect harmony. Its superb cuisine, fine wines and hospitable people make this a tourist paradise of the highest quality.

Portugal has something to interest everybody. It is steeped in history as the museums, palaces and castles show. There are plenty of places to shop and lively markets to explore. As for nightlife, there are enough discos, casinos and night-clubs to keep the most dedicated fun lover happy. For the outdoor types, there is every sport they could wish for, endless sun-kissed beaches, and plenty of swimming pools as well as golf courses.

The history of Portugal is unique in the European context. Pushed against the Atlantic Ocean, fighting for its independence along with other Iberian visigothic kingdoms, after the fall of the Roman Empire and following the conquering of most of the Iberian Peninsula by North African Muslims, Portugal initiated a saga that is considered the opening of Europe to new worlds and built an overseas empire by means of the famous Sea Discoveries led by Infante D. Henrique and his successors.

Photo by Nuno Silva

In order to keep its borders and independence Portugal fought numerous battles against, first the Moors, then its neighbours and later Napoleon himself in the 19th century. The new ideas arising from the French Revolution started a troubled 19th century, ending up in the Republican Revolution in 1910, starting the third Republic in Europe. A dictatorship led by Salazar was the main feature of the 20th century, which ended with the Carnation Revolution in April 1974. Since then, Portugal without its colonies thrived through the entrance into the European Union bringing in its multicontinental background. Financial problems arising from the recent world crisis are now being dealt with through the mechanisms of democracy and economic recovery.

Photo by Nuno Silva

About Lisboa

Lisboa is the capital of Portugal and lies on the north bank of the Tagus Estuary, on the European Atlantic coast. It is the westernmost city in continental Europe. Greater Lisboa has an area of approximately 1,000 km2. The city lies more or less in the centre of the country, approximately 300 km from the Algarve in the south and 400 km from the northern border with Spain.

Photo by Nuno Silva

The origins of Lisbon are shrouded in legend, among its mythical founders are Elisha and Ulysses. Its name derives from Olissapona, a Latin version of the Phoenician "Allis Ubbo" or "delightful little port".

Lisbon was occupied successively by Phoenicians around 1200 BC, followed by the Greeks, Carthaginians, Romans, Visigoths, Moors and finally conquered in 1147 AD by Portugal's first king, Afonso Henriques, with the aid of North European crusaders. The city was made Portugal's capital in 1255, and was the seat of the monarchy until the Republic in 1910.

As Portugal developed into the greatest power in the 15th century onwards, so Lisbon became a very important port, the centre for trade in spices and jewels from the East and gold from Brazil, and capital of the Portuguese Empire. The 1755 infamous earthquake, fire and tsunami destroyed most of the city, especially downtown by the Tagus waterfront. Marquis de Pombal was instrumental in rebuilding the city and initiating reforms that were the basis of modern Portugal.

Photo by Nuno Silva

Today, Lisbon is a lively, international city with a population of one and a half million, offering a fascinating combination of the old and the new, with an unmistakable character and a beauty all of its own. Lisboa offers a wide variety of options to the visitor, including beaches, countryside, mountains and areas of historical interest only a few kilometres away from the city centre.

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Getting to Lisbon

Lisbon is very easy to get to. It's just a short flight away from most European locations and also easily accessed by road, sea and rail.
Lisboa International Airport, 7 km from the city center, has daily flights to and from the major cities in Europe and the world. The Portuguese airline TAP - Air Portugal, as well as all major international Airlines and low cost companies, fly to and from Lisboa.

Lisbon Airport has direct bus and underground connections to the city centre. There are several inexpensive professional transport services available. Of course taxis are a fast way to reach the city centre and taxis are not expensive in Lisbon. They are lined up outside the terminals.

The Campus where the conference is located, is well served by several bus lines (206, 207, 701, 717, 731, 736, 750, 767, 783 and 798) and one Metro Station (Alvalade). There are several hotels within short distance.

Photo by Nuno Silva

Climate - Weather

Due to the influence of the Atlantic Ocean, Lisboa has a pleasant climate throughout the year. The agreeable temperatures in the summer months are an open invitation for a walk by the river, or to spend an afternoon in one of the many street cafés to be found all over the city. Although the temperatures may fall somewhat in the autumn and winter months, sunshine is almost always a constant feature.

Photo by Nuno Silva

Local time: Lisbon's time is in the WET - Western European Time zone (GMT/UTC GMT/UTC +1 in summer)


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