Margaret A.WinkerMD, Deputy EditorIndividualAuthorPhil B.FontanarosaMD, Interim CoeditorIndividualAuthor
To the Editor: I commend Dr Pécoul and
colleagues1 for addressing the question
of whether access to essential drugs in poor countries is "a lost battle."
The authors urged for multipartner collaboration of WHO with other agencies
such as the World Bank to improve access to essential drugs in poor countries.
The fact is that not only life-saving drugs but also the battle to provide
other contributors to health such as safe drinking water, nutrition, immunization,
education, employment, and primary health care for millions of people around
the world is far from won.2 The issue of
availability (or lack) of essential drugs thus needs to be addressed in the
broader perspective of the socioeconomic-political situation, which tremendously
influences health issues.
Chattopadhyay S. Access to Essential Drugs in Poor Countries. JAMA. 1999;282(7):630-631. doi:10-1001/pubs.JAMA-ISSN-0098-7484-282-7-jbk0818