Essential medicines and health products

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WHO Medicines: worldwide activities based on a global strategy

WHO carries out its work in the area of medicines and essential drugs at global, regional and country level. At WHO Headquarters, activities are planned and implemented by the Department of Essential Medicines and Health Products (EMP).

Continuity and Change; Implementing the third WHO Medicines Strategy - 2008/2013

Medicines at WHO Headquarters

At WHO headquarters, Essential Medicines and Health Products activities are situated within the Cluster of Health Systems and Innovation (HIS(


Areas of work

Essential Medicines and Health Products in the WHO Regions

The EMP department is collaborating with WHO Regional and Country offices and consulting with major stakeholders towards the articulation of a strategic plan of action that will set out WHO’s vision for the coming years to promote increased access in all countries to essential medicines and other health technologies.