Essential Medicines Publications

survey-quality-malariaSurvey of the quality of selected antimalarial medicines circulating in six countries of sub-Saharan Africa

The survey aimed at evaluating the quality of selected antimalarials in six countries of sub-Saharan Africa (Cameroon, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria and the United Republic of Tanzania). These countries have been supported by WHO to strengthen their regulatory controls over antimalarial products.

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Information note: One-third of antimalarial medicines tested in six African countries fail to meet international quality standards

Survey of the quality of selected antimalarial medicines circulating in six countries of sub-Saharan Africa

Almost 30% of anti-malarial medicines collected from Cameroon, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria and the United Republic of Tanzania failed to meet international quality standards, according to a new WHO report on a survey of the quality of antimalarials. Extreme deviations likely to be associated with direct, negative health effects were found in 11.6% of the samples tested.

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altGuidelines for registration of traditional medicines in the WHO African Region [pdf 5.5MB]

The purpose of this document is to propose to Member States a framework for facilitating the registration of traditional medicines. The proposed framework, which has a regional perspective, is intended to accelerate the registration and circulation of standardized African traditional medicines within the WHO African Region, on the basis of criteria of pharmaceutical quality, safety of use and therapeutic efficacy.

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altGuidelines for the prevention and clinical management of snakebite in Africa [pdf 4.4MB]

The Guidelines for the prevention and clinical management of snakebite in Africa have been developed by WHO/AFRO with contributions from technical experts. They are meant to assist health workers to improve medical care for snakebite victims; they also serve as a source of information for the general public on issues related to snakes and snakebite.

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