Essential Medicines and Biologicals
Medicines and Health Technologies
PAHO/WHO’s strategic goal of technical cooperation in this area is to support countries in attaining “Equitable Access to essential medical products and technologies to assured quality, safety and efficacy, cost effectiveness, and cost-effective use”.
Caribbean countries known as Small Islands Development States (SIDS) have several commonalities, including high public and private expenditure on medicines and challenges for regulation and enforcement and guaranteeing quality and safety of medicines. This expose the population to treats like counterfeit or falsified and/or sub-standard medicines among other problems.
In the Caribbean, the overall objective of the technical cooperation is improving availability, affordability and rational use of quality and safe medicines in the Caribbean, in order to contribute for the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) related to health in the Caribbean countries, namely, acute and non-communicable diseases (MDG 8); reduce child mortality (MDG 4), improve women's health (MDG 5) and lower the burden of HIV/AIDS, malaria, tuberculosis and other diseases (MDG 6).
Medicines and Biological in the Caribbean - Areas of Work