The general objective of the workshop was to promote appropriate and rational use of essential medicines. The specific objectives were to:
- Update participants on the techniques of selection of Essential Medicines
- Introduce participants to the recent work on the Paediatric Essential Medicines List
- Prepare an outline of country workplans in Essential Medicines.
Clinicians, pharmacists and medical administrators from all 11 Member States of the South-East Asia Region attended the workshop which coincided with the thirtieth anniversary of the publication of the WHO Model List of Essential Medicines.