youthxchange

address: http://www.youthxchange.net/main/b228_medicines-access-a.asp
title: ESSENTIAL DRUGS:
STILL NOT FOR ALL


Access to essential drugs (ED) has increased considerably in the past 20 years…
  • 2 billion people in 1977


  • 4 billion people in 1997
National ED lists:
  • only 12 countries* in 1975


  • 160 in 2004 (of these, 75% are new or have been updated within the last 5 years)

…but over 1/3 of the world's population still lacks access to essential drugs.



* Those countries that at that time had what would now be considered a national essential drugs list.