Health systems

Medicines and health products

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Access to essential medicines and health products is critical for reaching universal health coverage. Medicines and health products are important for addressing health problems and improve quality of lives. They form an indispensable component of health systems in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disease and in alleviating disability and functional deficiency.

WHO is supporting countries in ensuring equitable access to essential medicines and other health products that are safe, effective and of assured quality; and in promoting their rational prescription and use.