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Access to Essential Medicine

Access to medicines that people need should be universally equitable and sustainable. The medicines should be safe, effective and of good quality. They should be prescribed by relevant authority and used rationally.
The majority of low and middle-income countries now use essential medicines lists in selecting their medicines. This may be further developed with the introduction of generic competition, which helps to maintain low prices. Schemes such as bulk purchasing, careful price comparison, compulsory licensing and differential pricing schemes, may all help countries obtain better purchasing prices for medicines, and also ensure sustainability of long-term pharmaco-healthcare provision.

Medicine Price Survey Results in African Countries
1 Survey of Prices of Medicine in Chad
2 Survey of Prices of Medicine in Segnal
3 Survey of Prices of Medicine in Senegal
4 Survey of Prices of Medicine in Mali
5 Kenya Medicine Price Monitor
6 Survey of Prices of Medicine in Ghana
7 Survey of Prices of Medicine in Ethiopia
8 Uganda Medicine Price Monitor December 2007
Stop Stockouts Campaign
1 Snap survey reveals medicine stock-outs still plague Kenya, Malawi and Uganda
2 New booklet details struggle for access to essential medicines in East and Southern Africa
3 Eastern and Southern Africa CSOs discuss their role in advocating for access to medicines
Intellectual Property&Access to Essential Medicine
1 Think Outside the Box to enhance access to treatment for HIV
2 Proliferation of Anti-counterfeiting Legislation in the East African Community
3 HAI Africa and IQsensato Launch a Pilot Monitoring Tool to Assess the Implementation of the WHO Global Strategy on Essential Health Research
WHO/HAI Collaboration Project
1 Government, Civil Society and WHO partnership

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