Essential medicines and health products

Essential Medicines and Health Products

Biennial Report 2012–2013


biennial report 2012 - 2013

Publication details

Number of pages: 12
Publication date: August 2014
Languages: English
WHO reference number: WHO/EMP/2014.1


Global health is increasingly challenged by powerful forces such as demographic ageing, rapid urbanization, change in lifestyles caused by economic progress and the related growing burden of noncommunicable diseases, a steady rise in substandard/ spurious/falsely-labelled/falsified/counterfeit medical products, coupled by an increasing number of players in the global health arena. In this context, the availability of clear and consistent evidence-based policies, advice and technical assistance to guide countries in their efforts to ensure access to safe and quality medical products and their rational use, become all the more important.