Pharmaceutical Systems Strengthening Fact Sheet
Essential medicines improve health and save lives. However, the complex system that is needed to get them to people does not always function well. Shortages of medical products are common. Poor quality and high costs burden patients and health ministries. Antimicrobial resistance, fed by inappropriate use, is spreading and may greatly undermine progress in global health. Addressing these needs and goals requires strong, responsive, and resilient pharmaceutical systems, from good governance and reliable information systems to skilled health workers. MSH strengthens pharmaceutical systems for sustainability and promotes country ownership and self-reliance by building on existing systems, supporting country-led coordination, and optimizing allocation and use of resources for medicines and related services.