Lancet Youth Commission on Essential Medicines Policies (YCEMP)

Aims and Objectives

The aim of this commission is to assess access and promotion policies for Essential Medicines worldwide through the lens of young health providers, researchers and advocates. Building on the analysis on primary and secondary data, we seek both to provide evidence based policy recommendations and raise the awareness of the relevance of Essential Medicines Policies. To adequately address these issues, our objectives are:
Independent assessment on Essential Medicine Policies

The assessment will focus on equitable access to Essential Medicines, giving particular attention to solutions for better Essential Medicines Policies through the lens of the future generation.

Evidence-based policy recommendations

Evidence from the existing literature will be a fundamental basis for our work. Our recommendations will be based on both qualitative data including anecdotes, case studies, and interviews with other young professionals working in the field as well as rigorous quantitative data from health systems across the world. These recommendations will also be grounded in the broader issues of Universal Health Coverage and health systems strengthening, providing a broad framework focused on making essential medicines accessible, affordable and of high quality.

Visibility, public involvement and response in a timely and evidence-based manner

YCEMP seeks to involve other young people and the public in general through hosting workshops at conferences, having online consultations and social media outreach. The team will also respond in a timely and evidence-based manner to current debate around access to medicines.

Collaboration with Lancet Commission

The YCEMP is working closely together with the Lancet Commission on Essential Medicines Policies. The two commissions will meet regularly to discuss progress and collaboration. They will also work closely together on ensuring the public is involved in the process through open consultations and youth educational workshops/materials. You can sign up for their newsletter for monthly updates.


We are passionate activists and advocates striving to achieve access to essential medicines for ALL

The YCEMP has been given an opportunity to represent the voice of young professionals in health care concerned about improve access to essential medicines. The YCEMP aims to use this mandate to inform the public, colleagues, academia, industry, decision makers and others about the importance of essential medicines and current barriers to their access for patients. In particular, the YCEMP aims to provide useable recommendations for better Essential Medicine Policies through a framework building on health equity, universal health coverage (UHC) and the human right to health.

  • The Essential Medicines List
  • Patents, Trade and Innovation
  • Essential Medicines on the Path to Universal Health Coverage (UHC)
  • Public Involvement, Outreach and Media - Making Essential Medicines Polices Accountable to Everyone


Abhishek Sharma India – United States
Master of Public Health (Global Health and Pharmaceutical Program), Boston University School of Public Health (2013-2015) | Bachelor of Pharmacy, Manipal University, India (2008-2012)
Associate Health Economist, Precision for Value, USA (2015-Present) | Adjunct Researcher, Boston University Center for Global Health and Development, USA (2014-Present) | Research Consultant/Analyst (Boston-based), Health Action International (HAI), The Netherlands (2014-2015) | Research Fellow, Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-range Future, USA (Summer 2014) | Research Consultant, Public Health Foundation of India, India (2013)
Alex Walker – United Kingdom
BA (Hons) Econ, Cambridge (2006-10) GDip (Politics), London School of Economics (2011-12) | GDip (International Relations), London School of Economics (2013-14) | GDip (Sociology), London School of Economics (2014-)
Senior Consultant, Oliver Wyman Ltd (2012-present) | Oliver Wyman Non-Profit Fellowship, World Health Organisation (Jan – Apr 2015) | Project Leader, Westminster Development Consultants (Nov 2013 – Feb 2014)
Anna Roe Rasmussen – Denmark
MSc Health Policy, Planning and Financing, London School of Economics and Political Science & London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicines (2014-15) | Cand. Med, Copenhagen University (2014)
Youth advisor, Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs (2015) | Policy Assistant for International Affairs, International Federation of Medical Students Associations (2013/2014) | Co-founder and European Coordinator, Universities Allied for Essential Medicines (2012-2014)
Cubahiro Nobel – Burundi
Bachelor of Pharmacy, National University of Rwanda | Global health courses, GH e-learning center
Global Health Corps Fellowship, LifeNet International; supply chain management, Ministry of Health working group LifeNet International, supply chain management; quality assurance of medicines ( Mini-lab)
Dilyara Nurkhametova – Russia
Medical doctor, Kazan state medical university, Russia (2007-2013) | Intern, Internal Medicine department, Kazan state medical university, Russia (2014)
NORE, Tatarstan Medical Students’ Association (2011-2013) | Site director (KSMU), Global health elective program (2014-present) | Member UAEM-Kazan (2015- present)
Fiona Lander – Australia
MPH, Harvard University (2014-2015) | MBBS(Hons)/LLB(Hons), Monash University (2003-2009)
Consultant, UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (2015 – present) | Medical doctor, Austin Health (2012 – present) | Lawyer, Corrs Chambers Westgarth (2013 – 2014) | Senior Officer/Research Officer, Lawyers Collective UNSR Unit (2009 – 2011)
Jordan Jarvis – Canada
Post-graduate Research Fellowship, Harvard Medical School (2014- 2015) | MSc, Medical Biophysics, University of Toronto (2012) | BSc (Hons), Biology, Western University (2009)
Executive Director, Young Professionals Chronic Disease Network (2014- present) | Operations Research Officer, Amref Health Africa- Kenya (2013) | Research Analyst, Section of Cancer Surveillance, International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC/WHO)(2012) | Policy Intern, Non-communicable Diseases & Mental Health, World Health Organization (2012)
Jorge Browne – Chile
MPhil student (epidemiology), University of Cambridge (current) | MSc Public Health, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (2014) | Medical Doctor, Universidad del Desarrollo (2011)
Editor at (2015) | Research Assistant, Global Health Department, LSHTM (2014) | General Practitioner, Santiago, Chile (2012-2013) | Manager of Cardiovascular programme of primary care practice, Santiago, Chile (2012-2013)
Kristine H. Onarheim – Norway
PhD student, University of Bergen (current) | Medical Doctor, University of Bergen (2014) | Global Health, University of Bergen and CMC Vellore (2008)
Co-founder (UAEM Norway) and board member (UAEM Europe), Universities Allied for Essential Medicines (2009-2014) | Member, Norwegian Medical Students Association and the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (2009-2014) | Visiting student scientist at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health (2013)
Melissa Barber – United States
A.B. in Social Studies, Harvard, 2009-2013 | MPhil in Development Studies, Cambridge, 2013-2014
Institute of Global Health Fellow, Harvard School of Public Health, 2010 | Intern, HealthGAP, 2011 HIV/TB Policy Intern, Médecins Sans Frontières Campaign for Access to Medicines, 2014 | Consultant, Policy Hub,The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria, 2015- | Student Global AIDS Campaign (SGAC) and Universities Allied for Essential Medicines (UAEM), 2009-
Motahareh (Nikoo) Akhoondi Nasab – Iran
Pharm. D and Master of Public Health Student at Tehran University of Medical Sciences (2011-2017)
General Director of Students’ Scientific Research Center, Tehran University of Medical Sciences 2015-2016 | Presentation about Urban HEART in the 68th WHA on behalf of Iran in the UHC through strengthening of health care service delivery systems side event | World Health-care Students’ Symposium IPSF Representative 2014-2015 | Director of Diabetes Awareness Campaign (Inter-professional Campaign), Nov 2013 | Chairperson of Students’ Health Inter-professional Campaign in the Students Health Campaign Festival 2014
Oluwaseun Omobo – Nigeria
Bachelors of Pharmacy (B.Pharm) Olabisi Onabanjo University, Nigeria (2009) | Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Research & Pharmacovigilance Empower School of Health, India (Current) | Public Health, Johns Hopkins School of Public Health,USA (Current)
Consultant; Prequalification of Medicines Programme, Pharmacovigilance,World Health Organization (WHO),Essential Medicines and Health Products (EMP) ,Geneva, Switzerland ,Nov 2012-Date | Consultant/Technical Assistant to the Director General; National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), Nigeria, June 2014-Date | Intern, Access to Medicines and Health Technologies; World Intellectual Property Organization(WIPO) (2013-2014) | Executive, Health and Medicines Information Section of the International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) (Current) | Member, World Economic Forum (WEF) Global Shaper Community; Lagos Hub(Current) | Founder; Young Pharmacists Group Nigeria(YPG-N)
Ralph Kwame Akyea – Ghana
BSc (Medical Sciences) | MBChB
Reviewer and Peer Support Person, HIV Young Leaders Fund (HYLF) | Member, UNAIDS Youth Advisory Forum | Regional Focal Point, Global Youth Coalition on HIV/AIDS (GYCA) | President, Federation of African Medical Students’ Associations (FAMSA)
Rehan Adamjee – Pakistan
B.A Economics (development) and Public Policy (Health Policy), Stanford University
Intern, department of international health, BRAC, 2013 | Researcher, SINA primary care system, Pakistan, 2015 | Researcher, Childlife Preventive Health Program, Pakistan, 2014 | Dalai Lama Fellow 2014-15 Project: Community-Based hypertension management FSI | Research Fellow, Stanford University, 2014-15 | Stanford Summer Public Policy Fellow, 2013-14 | Placement: MIT Global Health Delivery Lab
Reshma Ramachandran – United States
Master in Public Policy, Concentration in International Trade and Finance, Harvard Kennedy School (2013-2015) | Doctor of Medicine, Concentration in Advocacy and Activism, Alpert Medical School at Brown University (2009-2015) | Bachelors of Science with Honors, Physics, Brown University (2005-2009)
Research Scholar, Duke Global Health and Technology Access Program (2015-present) | Co-Chair, Food and Drug Administration Task Force, National Physicians Alliance (2013-present) | Research Analyst, China Access to Medicines Research Group for MPP Program Policy Analysis Exercise (2014-2015) | Pharmaceutical Policy Fellow, American Medical Student Association (2012-2013) | Research Intern, Patient Safety Programme, World Health Organization (2010) | Research Assistant, Health Systems Research Unit, South African Medical Research Council (2008)
Sam Wing Sum Li – Hong Kong SAR, P.R. China
M.B.Ch.B., the Chinese University of Hong Kong (2010 – present)
Intern, Health Department, United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East, Amman (2015) | Intern, Department of Health Workforce, Health Systems and Innovation Cluster, World Health Organization, Geneva (2014) | Co-founder, Hong Kong Public Health Initiative
Shiva Raj Mishra – Nepal
Master of Public Health (Research Methods), University of Western Australia (2015-present) | Grad. Cert. PopHealth,University of Western Australia (2015) | BscPH, Tribhuvan University (2008-2011)
Associate Editor, BMC Public Health-Global Health Section (2014-present) | Editor-In-Chief, Health Prospect (2011-present) | Consultant, Behavioral Change Communication, Family Health International 360 (2014) | Research Officer, Manmohan Memorial Institute of Health Sciences, Affiliated with Tribhuvan University (2014) | Program Officer in a local NGO ‘Naulo Ghumti Nepal’, USAID funded Saath-Saath project, FHI 360 (2013-2014)
Johanne Iversen (Secretariat) – Norway
Medical Doctor, University of Bergen (2014)
Co-founder (UAEM-Norway) and European Coordinator, Universities Allied for Essential Medicines (2009-2014) | President of International Affairs, Norwegian Medical Students (2009-2014) | Visiting student scientist at Harvard T.G. Chan School of Public Health (2013)
Arwin Timmermans (Secretariat) – The Netherlands
Master of Medicine, University of Groningen, The Netherlands, (2014) | Bachelor of Medicine, University of Groningen, The Netherlands, (2011-2014) With JSM Honours
Chair of UAEM Groningen (2014 – ) | European Coordinating Committee DrugBio project, Universities Allied for Essential Medicine (2014)

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