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10 facts on essential medicines

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Fact 6

By 2015, over 10 million deaths per year could be avoided by scaling up certain health interventions, the majority of which depend on essential medicines. The Declaration of Alma-Ata in 1978 - a milestone in international public health - was the first official document to underline the importance of primary care and the role of essential medicines at a global level.

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