Top 30 medicines for mothers and children

23rd March 2011

WHO's first ever list of priority medicines for maternal and child health recommends to countries which medicines are most important for saving lives. The list was compiled by experts in maternal and child health and medicines who analysed the WHO Model List of Essential Medicines and the latest WHO treatment guidelines to establish which medicines would save the most lives.

Medicines on the list for mothers include those to prevent post-partum hemorrhage, treat infection, high blood pressure and sexually transmitted infections, as well as drugs to prevent preterm birth. Medcines for children include antibiotics to prevent pneumonia and oral rehydration salts.

The availability of medicines in developing countries for maternal and child health is compromised by poor supply and distribution systems, insufficient health facilities and staff, low investment in health and the high cost of medicines.

Download the list here.

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