Health systems

Medicines and health products

drugstore illustration

Access to essential medicines and health products is critical for reaching universal health coverage. Medicines and health products are important for addressing health problems and improve quality of lives. They form an indispensable component of health systems in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disease and in alleviating disability and functional deficiency.

WHO is supporting countries in ensuring equitable access to essential medicines and other health products that are safe, effective and of assured quality; and in promoting their rational prescription and use.

Health systems

A well-functioning health system
working in harmony is built on having
trained and motivated health
workers, a well-maintained infrastructure,
and a reliable supply of medicines
and technologies, backed by adequate
funding, strong health plans and
evidence-based policies.

Contact

Dr Marie-Paule Kieny
Assistant Director-General
Health Systems and Innovation (HIS)
World Health Organization