Addressing bottlenecks to local production of medicines: Issues for international co‐operation in East and Southern Africa

by Moses Mulumba & Rangarirai Machemedze
Journal of Health Diplomacy, Vol. 1, Issue 3, 2015

18 pp. 222 kB

African countries are highly dependent on imported medicines and related products despite a stated policy intention in the African Union and regional bodies to develop local pharmaceutical production. This paper explores how the stated policy of local production in African Union (AU), Southern African Development Community (SADC) and East African Community (EAC) policies is being implemented and the bottlenecks to implementation. The paper examines the efforts made in selected countries to overcome these obstacles and the role of international and south-south co-operation.

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