The pharma initiative is based around pooling procurement of essential drugs and boosting local production © Pascal Deloche/Getty Images
The pharma initiative is based around pooling procurement of essential drugs and boosting local production © Pascal Deloche/Getty Images

Africa urged to pool procurement of drugs

28 November 2019

Countries should pool procurement and use the African Continental Free Trade Area to reduce the costs of medicines and healthcare. 

The call was made during a meeting organised by the UN’s Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa, which was told the continent needed an “uninterrupted supply of pharmaceutical drugs”.

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