Why Focus on Quality?

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When you're sick, the last thing you should have to worry about is whether your medicine will work. Or worse, whether it could put your life at risk.

But according to a November 2017 WHO report, at least 1 in 10 medicines is falsified or substandard in low- and middle-income countries, disproportionately affecting the poorest and most marginalized communities. 

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No one should have to sacrifice basic needs to pay for health care, only to receive poor-quality medicines that could jeopardize their health. 

What's more, the world wastes approximately US$30 billion each year on poor-quality medicines that give patients false hope; fail to protect communities from diseases like malaria, HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, cancer, heart disease; and accelerate the rising threat of antimicrobial resistance. 

When a problem is putting millions of lives at risk, costing economies billions, and undermining decades of hard-earned health progress, we need to talk about it. More importantly, we need to act. 

It's time to take this issue out of the shadows and ensure that everyone, everywhere, has access to medicines they can trust. 


WHO: 1 in 10 medical products in developing countries is substandard or falsified

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Issue in Focus: AMR

If medicines contain the wrong ingredients or too little of the right ones, they can accelerate one of today’s most urgent health crises: antimicrobial resistance.

Tell your networks how safe, quality medicines IMPACT your cause

Use the #MedsWeCanTrust social media toolkit to talk about:

  • Antimicrobial Resistance & Global Health Security

  • Universal Health Coverage & Access to Medicines

  • Malaria

  • Non-Communicable Diseases

  • Tuberculosis


  • Maternal Health


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