Have your say about access to essential medicines!

Have your say about access to essential medicines!

CLAN was excited by the recent release of the World Health Organisation (WHO) Discussion Paper: Essential medicines and basic technologies for non-communicable diseases (NCDs).

This paper is designed to help countries meet their commitment to the Global NCD target #9 - An 80% availability of the affordable basic technologies and essential medicines, including generics, required to treat major NCDs in both public and private facilities by 2025. 

Will this paper help children and adolescents who are living with NCDs in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) to access essential medicines?

From our work with so many childhood NCD Communities in resource-poor countries, CLAN knows that access to medicines and affordable basic technologies is a major problem for families. In fact, lack of affordable access to essential medicines is most usually the major burden identified by families. Even when medicines are already on the WHO Essential Medicines List for Children, families still can not purchase them legally in country.

For this reason, CLAN will be advocating strongly for the families and communities we work with.

WHO has invited Member States, UN agencies and other intergovernmental organizations, relevant NGOs, members of academia and relevant private sector entities to share their comments in response to this discussion paper by sending an email to  ncdactionplan@who.int by 31 August 2015. If you have something to say on this topic, we urge you to make a submission, and help share the voices of the children and families who suffer daily because they can't access affordable medicine to manage their NCDs.

You can access the paper here:

http://www.who.int/nmh/events/ncd-coordination-mechanism-essential-medicines/en/ 

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