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Paediatr Drugs. 2009;11(1):6-8.

Pediatric pharmacotherapy issues in Africa.

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Department of Therapeutics and Medicines Management, Nelson R. Mandela School of Medicine, Durban, South Africa.


Pediatric pharmacotherapy in Africa is constrained by a variety of factors, not all of them unique to the continent. While affordability of medicines and the availability of sustainable financing for healthcare are constant challenges to African health systems, other issues of particular importance for pediatric care are also hampering access. These include the burden of disease in such settings, the lack of appropriate human resources for health, and the lack of child-appropriate dosage forms, especially for ambulatory care. Access to medicines for children has been recognized as a global priority. Examples of developments that have the potential to improve pediatric pharmacotherapy in resource-constrained settings are the WHO Essential Medicines List for Children and the 'Make medicines child size' campaign.

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