[Ip-health] WHA67: Statement of South Africa on behalf of the African Region on Access to Essential Medicines

Thiru Balasubramaniam thiru at keionline.org
Fri May 23 03:14:04 PDT 2014

Submitted by thiru <http://keionline.org/user/6> on 23. May 2014 - 12:08

On Friday, 23 May 2014, the World Health Assembly is currently discussing
access to essential medicines in the context of resolution
tabled China in January 2014. The following statement was delivered by
South Africa on behalf of the 47 members of the African region. South
Africa highlighted the point that "vaccines and anti-cancer drugs remain
out of reach of millions of people in both developed and developing

With respect to the concept of "essentiality" and the high cost of
medicines, the WHO African region noted,

The high price of medicines, particularly in the private sector, is a key
barrier to affordable essential medicines in developing countries. While
affordable prices are a key determinant in improving access to medicines,
we should not forget that adequate, sustainable and equitable financing of
medicines is also required. The WHO essential medicines committee may
consider producing a list of medicines that are essential for public health
however they are at an unaffordable price. This would direct other low cost
manufacturers to focus on their product portfolio.

The full statement follows.


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