Africa: Narrow Funding Base ‘Puts WHO Drug Programme At Risk’

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

The future of a WHO programme that ensures the quality of medicines for numerous global health NGOs and UN agencies is vulnerable unless more donors start funding it, health experts have warned.

The Prequalification of Medicines Programme (PQP) relies on just two donors – the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and global health organisation UNITAID – for roughly 90 per cent of its funding.

This situation could spell the programme’s demise should either donor end its funding, according to an article published in the Journal of Public Health Policy last month (16 January).

Source: All Africa (link opens in a new window)

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