Asra Husain

The PPSG International Pain Policy Fellowship: Successes in South and Southeast Asia


The Pain Policy Studies Group works internationally and domestically to improve access to opioid pain medications for patients suffering from cancer, HIV/AIDS and drug addiction. The International Pain Policy Fellowship (IPPF) is one of many programs administered by PPSG. The IPPF identifies champions in low and middle income countries and offers a stipend and mentorship to those individuals to help them work on an in-country project to improve access to opioid medications. This talk will discuss IPPF Fellows from Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Vietnam and the successes they have accomplished in their respective countries, focusing on accomplishments made in India.

S. Asra Husain is a Policy and Legal Analyst with the University of Wisconsin Pain and Policy Studies Group (PPSG) and the WHO Collaborating Center for Pain Policy and Palliative Care. Ms. Husain holds a juris doctor from the University of Illinois and has been working on health care access issues for 5 years. Since joining PPSG, Ms. Husain has worked with the European Union and WHO on the Access to Opioid Medicines in Europe program and has spoken at numerous workshops on opioid availability and access issues.

This event is co-sponsored by the Human Rights Program