Essential medicines and health products

Types of Country support

Criteria for prioritising technical cooperation work

Due to the finite nature of human and financial resources, WHO must prioritise in its strategy to support countries. Criteria considered for this include:

  • The severity of countries' needs
  • The level of economic development
  • The likelihood of success and sustainable impact on development
  • Opportune timing
  • Potential cost-effectiveness
  • The support to the pharmaceutical sector being provided by other parties
  • Political will
  • Priority to low-income populations

Types of country support

Type A: Situation analysis and monitoring

Assessment of pharmaceutical situation, identify priority needs, develop recommendations for policy interventions.

Type B: Specific technical support

Ad hoc, or regular support focusing on the following policy areas: access, quality, safety and efficacy, and rational use.

Type C: Comprehensive programme support

Time frame may cover one or more biennial planning cycles, and support usually involves a full-time national programme officer.

Type IC: Inter-country and sub-regional support

Ad hoc or regular support involving two or more countries frequently from the same region.

WHO country support in medicines can be classified into four main types, sometimes used in combination: situation analysis, specific technical support, comprehensive programme support, and intercountry programmes. The first three types involve projects and activities for individual countries, and the latter involves intercountry, subregional, regional, and interregional programmes and activities.


Technical Cooperation
for Essential Drugs
and Traditional
Medicine (HTP/TCM)

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