Samara region will see the activities of medical training with pharmaceutical companies involved put in order

18 November 2009

The Health and Social Development Minister of the Samara region and Deputy Chair of the region Government Vadim Kulichenko reported this on 16 November during the Second Regional Conference with international participants involved that was dedicated to topical issues of medical ethics.Within the conference frames, representatives of the healthcare community tackled upon the crucial and burning current problem of interrelations between physicians and profit agencies representatives, particularly, pharmaceutical companies and business producers of medical engineering. The meeting participants pointed out that the issue is significant for final consumers of medical services, since their interests may be violated while they receive quality and accessible (in all senses) medical and medicinal assistance.


The potential of nonprofit organizations in Russia is hardly used

12 November 2009

Nonprofit organizations in Russia are basically unable to influence the development of draft laws. That was the argument of Sergei Kolesnikov, the Deputy Chair of the State Duma Committee on Health Protection, at the Round Table on issues of normative legal supporting for nonprofit organizations to participate in making the government policy in healthcare.


Mrs Uma Aaltonen – in memoriam


The European Multiple Sclerosis Platform (EMSP) is saddened to learn of the death of former Finnish MEP Mrs Uma Aaltonen.

Mrs Aaltonen, who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) in 1993, died suddenly on Tuesday morning (13 July) after a short illness. She was 68.

Following her diagnosis, she quickly became a devoted advocate and spokesperson for people with MS.

She was closely involved with the EMSP and the Multiple Sclerosis International Federation (MSIF), and was especially concerned with the effects of discriminatory treatment toward people with MS within the European Union.

Being a Member of the European Parliament, she was the driving force behind the first report and resolution of the Parliament calling for equal access to high quality services and therapies for PwMS all over Europe.

“Life is too short and too valuable to be spent with moaning and complaints – I enjoy my life and I try to make it meaningful not only for myself but –even more important – for others”, Uma once said.

Dorothea Pitschnau-Michel, President of EMSP, said: “People who knew Uma are in shock and disbelief after her all too sudden death. I am sure I am speaking on behalf of the whole European MS community when I say that we are grateful for all the support we received from Uma over the years, and extend our condolences to her family.”

“Good bye, Uma – we will miss your optimistic outlook”!