(2004; 6 pages) [French] [Spanish]
The Access Framework
Improving access to essential medicines is perhaps the most complex challenge for all actors in the public, private and NGO sectors involved in the field of medicines supply. They must all combine their efforts and expertise, and work jointly towards solutions. Many factors define the level of access, such as financing, prices, distribution systems, appropriate dispensing and use of essential medicines. WHO has formulated a four-part framework to guide and coordinate collective action on access to essential medicines (Figure 2). This framework has also been adopted by WHO’s key partners.
Figure 2. Improving access to essential medicines - a framework for collective action in line with Millennium Development Goals, Target 17
Box 3. Key actions: check list for policy makers
Rational selection and use of essential medicines