Thirty-seventh session


Drug Supply Management in the South Pacific

         The Regional Committee,

         Recalling resolutions WPR/RC35.11 and WPR/RC36.R9 on the Action Programme on Essential Drugs and Vaccines;

         Recognizing the pressing need to improve drug supply to the small island countries or areas of the South Pacific;

         Noting with satisfaction the successful experience in drug supply management that is being accumulated in some countries;

  1. REQUESTS Member States to intensify their individual and cooperative efforts for the establishment or further development of national drug supply systems in the South Pacific;
  2. REQUESTS the Regional Director:
    (1) to review national essential drug programmes in the South Pacific, with particular attention to drug procurement and supply, and quality assurance, in order:
    - to analyse successful models and determine the factors contributing to their success; and
    - to identify intercountry cooperative activities which will effectively improve national drug procurement and supply systems in the South Pacific;
    (2) to play an active role in coordinating technical cooperation among countries with respect to drug procurement and supply management in the South Pacific;
    (3) to explore the possibility of establishing appropriate financial arrangements to facilitate the procurement of essential drugs in the South Pacific;
    (4) to report to the Regional Committee at its thirty-eighth session on the outcome of the above review.

18 September 1986

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