Vaccination is one of the most effective investments in global health: WHO reports that vaccines save 2–3 million lives each year, with a considerable potential for growth should worldwide coverage improve.
The incidence of chronic kidney disease (CKD) is consistently increasing, particularly in Asia and North America, as lifestyle-related conditions such as elevated blood pressure and type 2 diabetes are two key drivers. Almost 900 million people globally suffer from this condition, of whom approximately 4 million are on dialysis.1 In addition, CKD is associated with an important increase in the risk of cardiovascular complications, as well as cardiovascular and overall mortality (up to 12-fold!) compared with the general population.2,3
The annual European CME Forum is a must for anybody working in medical education. The forum brings together like-minded individuals to discuss the challenges faced over the past year, analyse success stories and share best practice. Although forced to move online this year, the organisers did a great job of keeping participants engaged throughout the course of the three-day event. Here are just a few of my top take-aways:
The medical affairs environment, and indeed the healthcare industry as a whole, is changing at an unprecedented rate and with this comes the need for effective, efficient and up-to-date medical education. Previously, medical affairs have focused more on one-to-one meetings and large lecture-based symposia in order to educate healthcare professionals (HCPs) but these can be costly.