Essential medicines and health products

Activities in the African Region

Overview

Located in Brazzaville, the medicines team in the WHO Regional Office for Africa:

  • Oversees country operations
  • Contributes to WHO strategic planning in medicines
  • Plans, coordinates, implements and monitors WHO activities related to medicines
  • Provides technical, policy and management support
  • Facilitates human resources development and training
  • Promotes partnerships and collaborations

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Global activities

For information on the work of the WHO Regional Office for Africa and regional activities in medicines, please see:

WHO provides intensified support to selected countries through Medicines Advisors located in WHO Country Offices. Eleven WHO Medicines Advisors were recruited in the WHO African region in 2002. Countries were selected as priority countries for recruitment of Medicines Advisors based on:

  • Geographical, cultural, language distribution
  • Priority/severity of need
  • WHO country capacity
  • Level of development
  • Likelihood of sustainable impact
  • Potential cost-effectiveness
  • Involvement of other partners

Medicines advisers

WHO provides intensified support to selected countries through Medicines Advisors located in WHO Country Offices. Eleven WHO Medicines Advisors were recruited in the WHO African region in 2002. Countries were selected as priority countries for recruitment of Medicines Advisors. As a first task upon taking office, all eleven supported their respective Ministries of Health to undertake assessments of the national pharmaceutical situation using the WHO Operational Package for Monitoring and Assessing Country Pharmaceutical Situations. Three of the assessments – those in Ghana, Kenya and Uganda – were conducted in collaboration with representatives of civil society organisations under the WHO/TCM-Health Action International Africa Regional Collaboration for Action on Essential Medicines in Africa. Following the surveys, the Medicines Advisors supported the MoH to co-ordinate with key stakeholders to develop and implement plans, including work plans for WHO, to address the priority areas identified.

In 2004, each of the WHO Medicines Advisors in the AFRO region supported their respective Ministries of Health to implement the WHO/Health Action International Medicines Prices Approach.

Results of these studies will be publicly available shortly. Regional meetings to discuss findings have already enabled countries to identify similar concerns and contributing factors, facilitating countries’ abilities to work together to overcome common problems.

Medicines Advisors in the WHO Africa Region are involved projects in the following countries:

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