Essential Medicines Monitor
Since its launch in 1985, the Essential Drugs Monitor has been a key information and advocacy tool about essential medicines for health policy-makers, health personnel, donors, academics, NGOs and other health advocates. With its focus on developing and transitional countries, it has brought an international perspective to medicines issues, stimulating discussion and sharing experiences on core areas of work.
Monitor number 34 was the last published and it contained a readership survey as part of an exercise to assess the future of the journal. The result is a new title, the Essential Medicines Monitor, and a new format but a continuing commitment to promoting the essential medicines concept worldwide. An electronic A4 document, keeping the Monitor "look", with two - three articles will be published on the WHO web site 10 times per year. Approximately once every two years a compilation of the articles will be printed and distributed in hard copy to readers in developing countries who request it. With the Essential Medicines Monitor our aim has been to devise a flexible and sustainable plan for a journal that is perfectly attuned to WHO's mission to promote access to quality-assured essential medicines within national health systems.
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