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20th August, 2019

Updated Global Guidance/Essential List on Medicines Including HSC; AHBN commends WHO and calls on Africa to ensure transparent regulation


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The Africa Health Budget Network has commended the effort of the World Health Organization (WHO) for updating global guidance on medicines and diagnostic tests to address health challenges. The AHBN has made reference to a News release by WHO on the 9th July 2019 about the new essential medicines and diagnostics lists published that day.
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Updated Global Guidance/Essential List on Medicines Including HSC; AHBN commends WHO and calls on Africa to ensure transparent regulation

By Aminu Magashi Garba

The Africa Health Budget Network has commended the effort of the World Health Organization (WHO) for updating global guidance on medicines and diagnostic tests to address health challenges. The AHBN has made reference to a News release by WHO on the 9th July 2019 about the new essential medicines and diagnostics lists published that day.

According to the statement , the WHO’s Essential Medicines List and List of Essential Diagnostics are core guidance documents that help countries prioritize critical health products that should be widely available and affordable throughout health systems.The two lists focus on cancer and other global health challenges, with an emphasis on effective solutions, smart prioritization, and optimal access for patients.

“Around the world, more than 150 countries use WHO’s Essential Medicines List to guide decisions about which medicines represent the best value for money, based on evidence and health impact,” said WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. “The inclusion in this list of some of the newest and most advanced cancer drugs is a strong statement that everyone deserves access to these life-saving medicines, not just those who can afford them.”

Other updates to the medicines list included Heat-stable carbetocin (HSC) for the prevention of postpartum haemorrhage. This new formulation has similar effects to oxytocin, the current standard therapy, but offers advantages for tropical countries as it does not require refrigeration.

Similarly also AHBN has used this opportunity to call on the 55 African heads of states to ensure transparent regulation of all drugs including the new added drugs on the essential list. Also called the African leaders to use the new Africa Medicine Agency and Africa Union Development Agency-NEPAD to strengthen regulation and ensures transparency and accountability.

 

The Africa Health Budget Network has commended the effort of the World Health Organization (WHO) for updating global guidance on medicines and diagnostic tests to address health challenges.