Category Archives: Essential Medicines

Alleviating the access abyss in palliative care and pain relief – an imperative of universal health coverage: the Lancet Commission report

by Felicia Marie Knaul, Paul E Farmer, Eric L Krakauer et al. on behalf of the Lancet Commission on Palliative Care and Pain Relief Study Group The Lancet – Published: October 13, 2017 64 pp. 6.1 MB http://www.thelancet.com/pdfs/journals/lancet/PIIS0140-6736(17)32513-8.pdf This Lancet … Continue reading

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State of Inequality: Childhood immunization

Interactive Visualization of Health Data by Ahmad Reza Hosseinpoor, Nicole Bergen and Anne Schlotheuber World Health Organization, 2016 96 pp. 1.9 MB http://apps.who.int/iris/bitstream/10665/252541/1/9789241511735-eng.pdf The report addresses two overarching questions: What inequalities in childhood immunization coverage exist in low- and middle-income … Continue reading

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As Cancer Tears Through Africa, Drug Makers Draw Up a Battle Plan

by Donald G. McNeill Jr. The New York Times, 7 October 2017 Read online at: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/07/health/africa-cancer-drugs.html In Africa, even the most treatable cancers can be a death sentence. The disease takes 450,000 lives annually. Working with the American Cancer Society, … Continue reading

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Access to Medicine Index 2018: Methodology Report

by Hans Hogerzeil, Sanne Frost-Helt, Fumie Griego et al. The Access to Medicine Foundation, 2017 80 pp. 4.8 MB https://accesstomedicinefoundation.org/media/atmf/2017-Methodology-Report-for- 2018-Access-to-Medicine-Index.pdf The report presents the latest good practice framework for pharmaceutical companies working to improve access to medicine. Developed over … Continue reading

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The costs of HIV treatment and care in Ghana

by Evelinn Mikkelsen, Jan A.C. Hontelez, Justic Nonvignon et al. AIDS, 31(16):2279-2286, October 23, 2017 8 pp. 219 kB http://journals.lww.com/aidsonline/Fulltext/2017/10230/The_costs_of_HIV_treatment _and_care_in_Ghana.13.aspx The objective of the study was to determine cost functions that describe the dynamics of costs of HIV treatment … Continue reading

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WHO Drug Information Vol. 31, No. 3, 2017

108 pp. 1.2 MB http://www.who.int/medicines/publications/druginformation/issues/WHO_DI_31- 3.pdf?ua=1 The third issue for 2017 includes featured articles on the following topics: MEDICINES REGULATION: Regulatory systems in India WHO PREQUALIFICATION: Prequalification process quality improvement initiatives: 2010–2016 The SAFETY NEWS section highlights information on adverse … Continue reading

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The End of HESP-News Briefing and RSS Feed

Dear colleagues, 20 years ago “Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit” (GTZ) made use of the upcoming electronic communication by starting a Newsletter called “Health, Population, and Nutrition (HPN) – News & Notes” mainly for Information exchange between headquarters and its … Continue reading

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Africa to get state-of-art HIV drugs for US$ 75 a year

Global Fund Observer Newsletter, Issue 321, 4 October 2017 16 pp. 578 kB http://www.aidspan.org/sites/default/files/gfo/321/English/GFO-Issue-321.pdf In what has been hailed as a “breakthrough” and a “game changer,” a pricing agreement between the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and two generic drug … Continue reading

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90-90-90: An ambitious treatment target to help end the AIDS epidemic

Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), October 2014 40 pp. 962 kB http://www.unaids.org/sites/default/files/media_asset/90-90-90_en.pdf By 2020, 90% of all people living with HIV will know their HIV status. By 2020, 90% of all people with diagnosed HIV infection will receive … Continue reading

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Essential drugs

by Sophie Pilon Médecins Sans Frontières, September 2017 499 pp. 4.7 MB https://medicalguidelines.msf.org/msf-books-hosting/15826987-English.pdf This guide is not a dictionary of pharmacological agents. It is a practical manual intended for health professionals, physicians, pharmacists, nurses and health auxiliaries involved in curative … Continue reading

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