Medicines are a fundamental part of health care and a well-controlled functional pharmaceutical sector is a pre-requisite for a good health system. Many challenges in this area still persist.
The regional strategy to promote rational use of medicines (RUM), updated at the regional meeting of July 2010, recommends undertaking a situational analysis in order to plan for a more coordinated integrated approach to improving the use of medicines.
Nine Member States from the Region participated in the 14th International Conference of Drug Regulatory Authorities in 2010
All Member States were using national lists, updated within the past five years, of essential medicines, vaccines or technologies for public procurement or reimbursement. In July 2010, an intercountry meeting was held in SEARO and attended by nine countries.
Our vision is that people everywhere have access to the essential medicines they need; that the medicines and health products are safe, effective and of assured quality; and that medicines are prescribed and used rationally.
WHO Colloborating Centres
Dr Kathleen Holloway
Essential Drugs and Other Medicines
World Health Organization
Regional Office for South-East Asia
I.P.Estate, Mahatma Gandhi Marg
New Delhi 110 002, India
Tel: +91 11 2337 0804
Fax: +91 11 2337 0252