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Ethiopia set to develop pharmaceutical industry to increase access to medicines

The Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, on 14 July 2015, launched an ambitious 10-year national strategy and plan of action to develop local pharmaceutical manufacturing capacity in order to increase access to locally manufactured, quality-assured medicines. The launch occurred on the side-lines of the 3rd Conference on Financing for Development.

Launch of Ethiopia’s National Strategy and Plan of Action for Pharmaceutical Manufacturing

Addis Ababa, Brazzaville, 13 July 2015 – The Prime Minister of Ethiopia with the World Health Organization (WHO) launched an ambitious 10-year strategic plan on 14 July to develop its pharmaceutical manufacturing capacity in order to increase access to local quality-assured medicines. The launch took place at an event in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, on the occasion of the international conference on financing for development and was attended by numerous heads of international agencies.

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