Technical Cooperation in the Americas: No More "Reinventing the Wheel". Essential Drugs Monitor No. 008 (1989)
(1989; 1 page)


The eighth issue of the Essential Drugs Monitor concludes with an article on ways to cut costs and time when developing national drug programmes. The article states that the technical capabilities of Latin American and Caribbean nations have increased. Neighbouring countries should rely on this expertise instead of expending resources on a foreign consultant, who is often unfamiliar with the native language and culture. The Technical Cooperation among Developing Countries (TCDC) strategy is an agreement of mutual cooperation to work together in a specific area of development. The WHO Regional Office for the Americas has been promoting the TCDC programme through four initiatives in Central America and Panama, the Andean region, the southern cone countries and the Caribbean countries. The initiatives address health problems within specific countries that have been selected through collaboration with the respective ministers of health. France, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden and the United States have contributed financial and technical support for the TCDC initiatives.

Abstract written by M. Tobin, 2013.

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