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Literature review on bottlenecks to essential medicines production and procurement in east and southern Africa

Access to essential medicines is one of the key requirements for achieving equitable health systems and better health for the population. The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) noted that over the past 25 years developing countries have made significant strides to ensure greater access to medicines. The number of people with regular access to essential medicines increased from two to four billion between 1997 and 2002. However, nearly two billion of the world’s population, many of whom live in least-developed countries (LDC), lack regular access to essential medicines (UNCTAD, 2011). Find Full DOCUMENT 


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