Improving Access to Medicines in the South-East Asia Region: Progress, Challenges, Priorities
(2017; 87 pages)


Universal health coverage and the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) for health will be achieved in the South-East Asia Region only if there is significant improvement in access to medicines. This paper provides information about the current trends in access to medicines in the Region and identifies five practical areas where Member States and WHO can work together to improve the availability of medicines.

These are: collaboration in procurement; cooperation in regulation; developing greater capacity to work within intellectual property rules; more rational use of antibiotics through improved antimicrobial stewardship; and improved monitoring of trends in access to medicines.

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