Better funding call for vital drug approval programme

10th March 2014

Without the prequalification programme of the World Health Organisation, Africa could have bad drugs or no drugs for HIV and TB, but this vital service for assessing medicine quality needs secure funds for the future, say experts

Aids drugs arrived in Africa, in spite of the sceptics. They came at a price that the international donors felt they could pay and have saved hundreds of thousands of lives. But had it not been for a small and normally unlauded unit of the World Health Organisation, the huge effort and large sums of money could have been wasted.

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