General Article Access to medicines: challenges and opportunities for developing countries

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Despite their economic and cultural diversities, the BRICS countries, an association of five major emerging national economies – Brazil, Russian Federation, India, China and South Africa – are facing similar healthcare challenges, including access to health services and medicines, growing health costs, infectious diseases, such as HIV and tuberculosis, and the growing prevalence of non-communicable diseases.


In order to find solutions on how to provide health care to millions of people, in particular the most vulnerable, representatives from BRICS and other low- and middle-income countries met on 19 May in Geneva, on the sidelines of the 67th World Health Assembly.

The meeting, sponsored by WHO, UNAIDS, UNITAID and UNDP, focussed on identifying strategies and initiatives to overcoming the bottlenecks to increasing access to pharmaceutical technologies. Participants analysed ways to sustain treatment programmes and the scaling-up of coverage, ensure competition within the pharmaceu...

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