Essential Medicines

Executive Summary

Essential medicines are crucial to satisfy the priority health-care needs of the population, promote health, and achieve sustainable development.

Recognition of the importance of essential medicines is not new. The findings of the Lancet’s Commission synthesise lessons learned from the development of essential medicines policies over the past 30 years, and implementation after the landmark Nairobi Conference on the Rational Use of Drugs in 1985. This Commission explores and addresses ongoing questions such as: what progress has been achieved; what challenges remain to be addressed; which lessons have been learned to inform future approaches; and how can essential medicines policies be harnessed to promote universal health coverage and contribute to the global sustainable development agenda?

Debates about access to medicines have sometimes mistakenly focused on low-income and middle-income countries only. But the Commission shows that access to medicines is a global concern, irrespective of country income.

The Commission’s report makes actionable recommendations to make essential medicines a central pillar of the global health agenda, and to translate policies into meaningful and sustainable health gains for populations worldwide.

The five key areas discussed in this Commission are:

 

Commission

  • Essential medicines for universal health coverage

    Veronika J Wirtz, Hans V Hogerzeil, Andrew L Gray, Maryam Bigdeli, Cornelis P de Joncheere, Margaret A Ewen, and others
    The Lancet
    Published: November 7, 2016
  • Comment

  • Essential medicines for universal health coverage

    Pamela Das, Richard Horton
    The Lancet
    Published: November 7, 2016
  • Better life through medicine—let’s leave no one behind

    Lilianne Ploumen, Edith Schippers
    The Lancet
    Published: November 7, 2016
  • Towards access 2030

    Suzanne Hill, Marie Paule Kieny
    The Lancet
    Published: November 7, 2016
  • Scaling up for universal health coverage

    Andrew Witty
    The Lancet
    Published: November 7, 2016
  • Youth demand action on the shared global challenge of access to medicines

    Youth Commission on Essential Medicines Policies
    The Lancet
    Published: November 7, 2016
  • Perspectives

  • Veronika Wirtz: global leader in improving access to medicines

    Richard Lane
    The Lancet
    Published: November 7, 2016
  • FUENTE: http://www.thelancet.com/commissions/essential-medicines

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