Technologies to Tackle Substandard & Falsified Medical Products in Global Health

     9 - 11 November    

   1400 - 1600 (GMT)   

 Online (Zoom & GPX) 

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What is the event about?

The problem of poor-quality medicines and medical devices represents a global public health emergency – and one that is not showing signs of abating. Although it is impossible to gain accurate estimates of the scale of the issue, experts gauge that 10% to 30% of medical products in global circulation are either falsified or substandard. In recent years, a proliferation of new technologies have sought to tackle this problem - from sophisticated end-to-end blockchain solutions, to simple text messaging services for patients. 


Although these innovations are widely implemented (and may impact clinical decisions, health policies, and create opportunities for quantifiable research) the options available, and their role in decision-making, is still somewhat confusing. This event seeks to bring together innovators, researchers, and those with an interest in medical product quality to explore the landscape of technologies that are used to tackle substandard and falsified medical products.

What's On?




Delegate Map



Gallery of Submissions

See below



9 - 11 November

1400 - 1600 (UK/GMT)

Zoom (link below)





Meet and chat with other delegates on the event's group forum.


Click the button to view (membership required to contribute, but not to view.) 

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Delegate Map

Meet your co-delegates via our interactive map!

1. Click on the Map me! button below to add yourself.

2. Select your location e.g. "Nairobi", or drag the pin.

3. Write a short message of introduction e.g. name, role, and professional interests.

4. Optional: you could add a link (we suggest your LinkedIn profile) or a photo.

5. Publish! (You can return to your pin to edit or delete it at any time.)


Gallery of Submissions



Submissions will be available to view from 1445 (UK / GMT) on Tuesday 9 November 2021.

Please interact with the submissions (and their authors) using the comments function. Show your appreciation for a submission using the 'like' / heart button.  

"There are no fake sex enhancers"Dr Ushehwedu Kufakurinani
00:00 / 06:08




Webinars will be held on 

9, 10 & 11 November 2021 via Zoom.

They will commence at 1400 (UK / GMT).

Scroll down to view the speakers' bios.


Prof Muhammad Zaman

University of Boston

Is there a 'technological fix' to the problem of SF medical products?

9 Nov 2021 ~ 1400 - 1600hrs (UK)


Dr Harparkash Kaur

London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

Field-friendly methods for screening and detecting SF
medical products

10 Nov 2021 ~ 1400 - 1600hrs (UK)


Michael Deats

Formerly of WHO & MHRA 

Connecting the Dots: information exchange to tackle SF
medical products

11 Nov 2021 ~ 1400 - 1600hrs (UK)


Dr Celine Caillet

University of Oxford

Portable Screening Devices for post marketing surveillance of medicines quality in the Lao PDR

9 Nov 2021 ~ 1400 - 1600hrs (UK)

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Prof Dr Lutz Heide & Gesa Gnegel

Tuebingen University

Implementing detection technologies in low-resource settings

10 Nov 2021 ~ 1400 - 1600hrs (UK)


Rutendo Kawana

WHO & ZimHealth

Balancing act: safeguarding quality & maximising accessibility as a national regulator 

11 Nov 2021 ~ 1400 - 1600hrs (UK)


All webinars will be recorded. If you do not wish to be recorded, please switch off your microphone and camera, and ask any questions via the chat function.


Although all of the talks will be recorded, they may not be available for future viewing. This is dependent on the consent of those recorded and on GDPR considerations. Therefore, if you wish to hear the talks, please attend the talks, to avoid disappointment.

Bios of Speakers


Meet the speakers

Click to expand. Use the side arrows to navigate between speakers.

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This event was organised by Kate Enright.


I wish to extend my sincere gratitude to the following people for their support and advice (in no particular order) without whom the event could not have taken place:

  • Each of the speakers. The time required to prepare and deliver a talk is often taken for granted - many thanks for your time and enthusiasm!

  • Associate Professor Patricia Kingori, for inspiring and encouraging the event.

  • Prof Paul Newton, for connecting me with such a wonderful set of speakers.

  • Prof Dr Lutz Heide, for advising on the design and content.

  • Dr Fiona Groenhout, for your endless technical, administrative, and moral support.

  • Dr Halina Suwalowska, for her advice and enthusiasm.

  • The Ethox Centre & the Wellcome Centre for Ethics & Humanities, for their support in running and advertising the event.

  • The Wellcome Trust, for their sponsorship of my research under the "Fakes, Fabrications, & Falsehoods in Global Health" projectClick HERE to learn more about what we do.

  • Finally, to all those who contributed to the event via submissions, questions, or discussion. Your engagement enhanced everyone's experience and is greatly appreciated.