Essential medicines and health products

Promoting access, quality and innovation to save and improve lives

Essential Medicines and Health Products


Publication details

Number of pages: 16
Publication date: January 2016
Languages: English



A world where every child, man and woman can afford and has access to the quality essential medicines and health products they need to lead a healthy and productive life.

Since the turn of the century greater importance has been placed on access to medical products, resulting in many more people tested and treated for priority diseases – i.e. HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria – and maternal and child conditions. But much remains to be done to ensure all health systems can deliver on the full range of essential medical products needed by communities, and to address the growing burden of non-communicable diseases.