Putting the right people in the right place
WHO National Pharmaceutical Advisers are based in WHO Country Offices, and are a valuable source of specialist pharmaceutical expertise to over 40 countries. They ensure countries have consistent, intensive and long-term support in relation to medicines and health products, and work with Ministries of Health to assess and monitor country pharmaceutical sectors, identify policy priorities and coordinate WHO technical work in the pharmaceutical sector.
WHO’s Essential Medicines and Health Products Department liaises with and provides support to this unique network of highly-trained professionals, in close collaboration with WHO regional offices.
“One great innovation WHO made in its normative work was the creation of National Pharmaceutical Advisers for Medicines and Health Technologies, in 2001. The work of these professional advisers has allowed for proper coordination of all issues on medicines and health technologies in respect of effectiveness and efficiency of implementation of all aspects of medicines policy. Their work has added value for countries' decision making processes. This innovation could not have come at a better time”.
Director of Pharmaceutical Services, Ministry of Health, Ghana