Salud y Fármacos is an international non-profit organization that promotes access and the appropriate use of pharmaceuticals among the Spanish-speaking population.

Board of Directors and Executive Council

President of the Board of Directors and member of the Executive Council: Antonio Ugalde

Dr. Ugalde received a Doctorate from Stanford University, and is an Emeritus Professor in the Department of Sociology, University of Texas-Austin.  He has been a member of the Editorial Board for the Mexico section of the Handbook of Latin American Studies of the US Library of Congress, since 1981.  He has also served as a member of the Editorial Boards for Social Science and Medicine, Cuadernos Médicos-Sociales (Argentina), the Journal of Health and Social Behavior, the Canadian Journal of Development Studies, the Medical Science Monitor, and the Pacific Sociological Review.  He is currently a member of the Advisory Council of Salud Colectiva (Argentina) and of Clinical Trial Magnifier (Hong Kong).

Dr. Ugalde has served as a consultant to the World Health Organization, the United Nations Development Program, the United States Agency for International Development, the American Public Health Association, and the Canadian Institute for International Development and Cooperation in various Asian and Latin American countries.  As a visiting professor, he has given classes and seminars at the University of Pittsburg, the Autonomous University of Barcelona, the Universidad del País Vasco (Bilbao, Spain), the Universidad del Valle (Cali, Colombia), the Catholic University of El Salvador, the Universidad del Pacífico (Lima, Peru), and the School of Public Health of Andalucia (Granada, Spain).  He is the author and editor of several books, and has published more than 100 articles in scientific journals.

Vice-president of the Board of Directors and member of the Executive Council: Antonio Alfau

A graduate of the University of Santo Domingo (Dominican Republic) and holds a Master’s Degree in Sociology from the University of Texas. Mr. Alfau has taken part in research studies with the Ministry of Public Health in the Dominican Republic, and worked for more than 15 years at the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas-Austin. He is an Instructor in the Department of Modern Languages, Texas State University.

Secretary and Treasurer of the Board of Directors and member of the Executive Council: Vanessa Johnson

Vanessa Johnson received a B.A. in International Relations and French from the University of Southern California-Los Angeles.  She served for 4 years as Executive Director of the FEMAP Foundation, a non-profit organization promoting public health in Mexico.  She has taken part in several sociological and epidemiological studies in Ciudad Juarez, including a study of violence against women and another on environmental lead.  She was Editor of an internet journal on the local culture and politics in El Paso, Texas.  Ms. Johnson currently lives in New Mexico, U.S.A.

Member of the Board of Directors: Diana Rocio Bernal Camargo

Lawyer, University of Boyacá. Specialist in Law and New Life Technologies, Universidad Externado de Colombia; Human Rights Specialist, Complutense University of Madrid. DEA in Bioethics and Biojuridics, Unesco Program on Bioethics and Biojuridics; Doctor in Bioethics and Biojuridics, Rey Juan Carlos University. Postdoctoral Bioethics and International Human Rights Law, Carolina Foundation – University Alfonso X University of Spain. Professor, Human Rights Research Group. Co-director of the Specialization in Medical Health Law and Coordinator of the emphasis on Human Rights and Transitional Justice of the Master’s in Law, School of Jurisprudence, Universidad del Rosario.
Member of the National Bioethics Council, Colombia.

Member of the Board of Directors: Vanesa López

Co-founder, Executive Director and Secretary of the Board of Salud por Derecho.

Vanessa holds a degree in Social Psychology from the Autonomous University of Madrid and a Master’s Degree in International Cooperation from Comillas Pontifical University. After three years of experience in the private sector as a human resources consultant, she co-founded Salud por Derecho and became Executive Director. Vanessa is a regular speaker at events related to HIV/AIDS and access to medicine. She has participated on Spanish Parliament, Senate and regional parliament committees, as well as in high-level meetings for the United Nations Programme on HIV as a representative of civil society and on the Boards of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

Member of the Board of Directors: Judit Rius Sanjuán

Lawyer, specialist in public policy at the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in New York, and professor at New School University.

Prior to joining UNDP, she worked at the non-profit organizations Doctors Without Borders (New York) and Knowledge Ecology International (KEI). She was Adjunct Professor at the Law School, Georgetown University (Washington, D.C).  Ms. Sanjuán received a Law Degree from the Pompeu Fabra University (Barcelona), and a Masters in Law, Science, and Technology from Stanford University’s Law School (USA).

Member of the Board of Directors: Duilio Fuentes Delgado

He is an internist from the Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos (Lima) and has a Diploma in Research. He was a fellow of the “Collaborative Training Program in Research Ethics in the Americas” of FOGARTY-FLACSO (Buenos Aires, 2006). He received training at the Spanish Agency for Medicines and Health Products in Spain, and obtained a master’s degree in Bioethics (Virtual) from the Borja Institute, Barcelona, and a Master’s degree in Strategic Quality Management and Medical Audit at the University of San Martín de Porres in Lima.

Since 2004 he has worked at the National Institute of Health of Peru where he has held various positions: Evaluator and Inspector of the Clinical Trials Area of the OGITT, member of the Development Team of the Peruvian Clinical Trials Regulation (2004-2006), Executive Director of the National Center for Intercultural Health, Advisor to the Headquarters, and President of the Research Ethics Committee. He is currently in the area of observational and epidemiological studies at the OGITT. He is also a professor of Bioethics and Research in the postgraduate program at Los Andes de Huancayo University and San Martín de Porres University. He is a member of the Latin American Network of Ethics and Medicines (RELEM), of the Bioethics-UNESCO NETWORK, of the Editorial Committee of the Unesco Bioethics Journal and a member of the Research Ethics Committee of the San Borja Children’s National Health Institute. His research focuses on bioethics and clinical trials.

He has held the following positions: Research Director of the Complementary Medicine Management of EsSalud, Advisor to the General Directorate of the Lima Sur Integrated Networks Directorate, undergraduate research professor at the Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos, and member of the group responsible for preparing the criteria and actions for the evaluation and compliance with the efficacy and safety of pharmaceutical specialties established according to national regulations.

Member of the Board of Directors: Rogelio Fernández

Graduate of the University of Habana (Cuba) in Pharmaceutical Sciences, and specialist in statistical quality control of the Centro Nacional para la Enseñanza de la Normalización de Cuba. He worked for the Cuban pharmaceutical industry in the production of liquid treatments and was deputy director of the Research Center for the Development of Pharmacoepidemiology (CDF) of the Ministry of Public Health in Cuba. In the year 2000 he became professor in Basic and Clinical Pharmacology at the Medical School of the Autonomous University of Nayarit (Mexico), where he is the Coordinator for Research and Graduate Studies. Vice-president of the Drug Utilization Research Group LatinAmerica (DURG-LA) 2010-2014. Director of the journal Waxapa, published by the Autonomous University of Nayarit. He has published numerous articles on pharmaceutical sciences and education in peer-reviewed and indexed journals. He has taught courses and made presentations on issues related to pharmaceuticals at universities and institutions of Latin American and European countries.

Member of the Board of Directors: Gabriela Costa Chaves

Gabriela is a pharmacist and has a master and a doctorate in public health from the Sergio Arouca National School of Public Health (ENSP) of the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (Fiocruz) in Brazil. She has dedicated her professional life to public health, with an emphasis in addressing barriers in access to medicines, including high-priced medicines sold under monopoly conditions, and single-source technologies for neglected tropical diseases. She has worked in non-profit civil society organizations, and for the public sector. From 2013 to 2019, she was a researcher at ENSP / Fiocruz where she supervised graduate students and developed research on access to medicines in the Brazilian public health system.

Executive Director: Núria Homedes Beguer

Dr. Homedes studied medicine at the Autonomous University of Barcelona and specialized in internal medicine and preventive medicine at the University of Barcelona, Spain. She received a Doctorate in Public Health from the School of Public Health at the University of Texas-Houston Health Science Center, she joined the faculty in 1997 and was the founder and Co-Director of the Global Health Program since 2005 until she retired in August 2018. As a physician, she worked with the Spanish National Health Service and coordinated a comprehensive health project in a rural area of Catalonia called Altebrat, which included 60 cities, for the Department of Health of Catalonia. She was a researcher at the Center for Rural Health, University of Arizona. She was the director of the Research Unit at the Ministry of Health of the Dominican Republic. Has worked as a consultant for WHO, USAID, PAHO, the world Bank and the governments of Colombia, Mexico and Zambia, on issues related to health systems and human resources. She is the Secretary of the Executive Board for the International Society of Drug Bulletins (ISDB) and has been a member of the editorial board of several international health and ethics journals. Between 1992 and 1997, she worked as a Public Health Specialist at the World Bank. Has published six books and more than 100 articles; and has worked in Asia (Papua Nueva Guinea), Africa (Mozambique, Chad, Zambia), Latin America (México, El Salvador, Honduras, Costa Rica, Panamá, Colombia, Perú, Argentina) and Guyana. In 2015 and 2016 she was Visiting Professor at Georgetown University.

Coordinator for Latin America and the Caribbean: Andrea Carolina Reyes Rojas

Andrea Carolina is a pharmacist of the National University of Colombia happy to contribute to the construction of a healthier relationship between medicines and people, institutions, health systems and societies. Her professional experience predominantly includes working with civil society organizations in Colombia dedicated to promote access to medicines and to participate in the development of pharmaceutical policies at national and regional level and in multilateral scenarios; she has worked as a consultant for the office of the Registrar of the Sierra Leone Medicines Agency and the Medicines Directorate of the Colombian Ministry of Health; and she seeks ways to strengthen the contribution of the pharmaceutical profession to society in Colombia and Latin America.
Andrea Carolina loves to sing, listen to music and to practice yoga.

modificado el 27 de febrero de 2021