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[afro-nets] Life saving medicines for children UNICEF and WHO publication highlights importance of access to medicines

  • From: "Claudio Schuftan" <cschuftan@phmovement.org>
  • Date: Mon, 31 May 2010 15:38:39 +0700

A new publication that lists medicines formulated for children is being made available online by UNICEF and the World Health Organization, to help doctors and organizations obtain some of the 240 essential medicines that can save the lives of children.

The second edition of 'Sources and prices of selected medicines for children' offers current details on 612 different pediatric formulations of 240 medicines selected from the ‘WHO Model List of Essential Medicines for Children’, as well as therapeutic food, and vitamin and mineral supplements, to treat major childhood illnesses and diseases. The information is vital for development and health partners who procure and supply essential medicines for children.

The World Health Organization stressed the importance of developing child-specific medicines and dosing, echoing statements made in the Medicines in Development for Children report released in March 2010. This report highlighted how America’s pharmaceutical research and biotechnology companies are developing 234 medicines for the special health care needs of children.

The new “Medicines in Development for Children” survey lists many new pediatric treatments that are being tested today, including:

• 33 for infectious diseases such as HIV/AIDS, pneumonia and hepatitis. • 25 for childhood cancer. • 23 for neurologic disorders, including epilepsy.
•15 for respiratory disorders, including asthma. • 13 for cardiovascular diseases, including hypertension, high cholesterol and congenital heart disease.

New vaccines have also been vitally important in the fight against childhood illnesses. They protect children against polio, measles, mumps, chicken pox, diphtheria, whooping cough, hepatitis B and meningitis.

Source: http://www.searcharticles.net/article.cfm/id/198150

NOTE - WHO link to new publication:

Meghana Bahar
Health Action International Asia-Pacific