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WHO Releases 10-Year Review Report Chapters Focusing On Access To Medicines, TB, MNCAH

WHO: Access to medicines: making market forces serve the poor
This chapter of the WHO’s “Ten years in public health 2007-2017” report focuses on access to basic medicine. “Since the landmark agreement on the Global Strategy and Plan of Action on Public Health, Innovation and Intellectual Property, WHO and its partners have launched a number of initiatives that are making market forces serve the poor. The WHO prequalification program is now firmly established as a mechanism for improving access to safe, effective, and quality-assured products…” (May 2017)

WHO: Towards ending tuberculosis: what gets measured gets done
This chapter focuses on the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of tuberculosis, including drug-resistant strains. “WHO and its partners have pursued a culture of innovation, leading to a more effective and affordable diagnostic tool and the approval of two new anti-TB drugs. In May 2014, WHO launched an ambitious strategy to end TB by 2035, and is elevating the TB fight from the technical to the highest political levels…” (May 2017).

WHO: Women, newborns, children, and adolescents: life-saving momentum after a slow start
This chapter states, “After decades of stagnation, political will to cut the number of needless deaths of mothers and children emerged in 2010 with the United Nations’ US$ 40 billion Every Woman Every Child initiative. Dramatic progress came from better data collection, more births in health facilities, better nutrition, and vaccines against diarrhea and pneumonia, the biggest child killers. A revised global strategy views the focus on maternal, newborn, child, and adolescent health as an entry point for increasing universal health coverage…” (May 2017).