Zambia adds co-packaged ORS and zinc to their Essential Medicines List

29 September, 2018

Dear HIFA-Zambia colleagues,

The message below is forwarded from E-DRUG, the Essential Drugs forum

E-DRUG: Zambia adds co-packaged ORS and zinc to their Essential Medicines List

The final Steering & Learning Group Meeting for the KYTS Programme was held in Lusaka on 6-Sep-18. The meeting was chaired by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Health, Dr Kennedy Malama.

At this meeting Dr Malama confirmed that the Ministry of Health, through their Formulary Committee, had added co-packaged ORS and Zinc to the Zambia Essential Medicines List (EML). This is a very progressive move. To our knowledge only four other countries have done this so far - Ghana, Kenya, Senegal and Vietnam - and co-packaged ORS and zinc is not yet on the WHO Model Essential Medicines List (although we are working with others on this).

More details are here:

http://www.colalife.org/2018/09/27/zambia-adds-co-packaged-ors-and-zinc-...

Regards

Simon

Simon Berry

Zambia

Simon Berry <simon@colalife.org>

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