Nepal is among the 11 World Health Organization South-Asian Region member countries who have pledged to ensure provision of affordable and accessible medical products.
This includes the provision of medicines, vaccines, diagnostics and medical devices to people within the region and beyond.
To further this cause, Nepal along with other member countries’ representatives signed the ‘Delhi Declaration’ to enhance provision of essential medical products.
“Access to safe, effective and affordable medical products is vital to prevent sufferings and impoverishment resulting from high out-of-pocket expenses on healthcare by families, especially the poor,” said Dr. Poonam Khetrapal Singh, Regional Director, WHO South-East Asia Region.
Owing to a major chunk of the region’s excessive spending on health care, 65 million people fall below the poverty line in the WHO South-East Asia Region.
Improving access to essential medicines has been an important WHO goal since 2014. However, it still remains a challenge to ensure provision of the right medical products at the right time.
The Delhi Declaration seeks to address this challenge by doing the following:
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Member countries pledged to build an effective, transparent and engaging procedure for price negotiation within the region and pooled procurement to facilitate access and affordability of essential products for life-threatening and rare diseases, while signing the declaration.
Besides this, they will also focus on:
Nepal has been working hard to change its health care scenario and this evident through its recent success of curbing various diseases including rubella. Hopefully, the country will achieve this new goal that it has set through the Delhi Declaration.