Children’s Medicines in Ghana: An Investigation into Availability and Factors Impacting Access
(2011; 5 pages)


The continuous availability of affordable medicines for children is necessary for countries to reduce infant mortality, in keeping with Millennium Development Goal (MDG) 4 (UNDP, 2010). In recognition of the importance of availability of medicines for children to the success of MDG 4, the World Health Assembly (WHA) passed Resolution WHA60.20 in 2007, titled "better medicine for children".

In January 2011, the Ecumenical Pharmaceutical Network (EPN) conducted a study to determine the availability and pricing of essential medicines for children in church health facilities in Ghana. The EPN study followed up on a 2007 World Health Organization (WHO) survey of children’s medicines’ availability in 14 African capitals. This study revealed poor availability of medicines for children in both public and private facilities (Robertson et al., 2009).

The objectives of this study were to determine the availability and pricing of selected children’s medicines...

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