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(2000; 11 pages)
These Australian guidelines are based on the international Guidelines for Drug Donations developed by the World Health Organisation (WHO) in 1996. The WHO s guidelines reflect a consensus between the major international agencies active in humanitarian emergency relief: WHO, Office of the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), International Committee of the Red Cross, Medecins sans Frontieres, Churches Action for Health and the World Council of Churches. They aim to improve the quality of drug donations and are intended to serve as a basis for national and institutional guidelines.
Scenarios associated with drug donations range from acute emergencies to non-emergency development programs. Although there are differences between these scenarios, there are basic rules for an appropriate response that apply to all.
As with the guidelines prepared by WHO, this Australian document starts with a discussion on the need for guidelines, followed by the presentation of the core principles for appropriate donations.
The Australian guidelines have been endorsed by the Australian Pharmaceutical Advisory Council (APAC). APAC expresses its appreciation to the Society of Hospital Pharmacists of Australia for its assistance in developing these guidelines.