Without access to quality, safe and effective medicines, children are exposed to preventable and treatable diseases. Pneumonia, diarrhoeal diseases and malaria are some of the most life-threatening for children under five years of age.
This is especially true for vulnerable children in resource-limited settings, conflicts and disasters, where lack of lack of access to medicines compromises not only their right to health, but also their ability to survive and thrive.
Sometimes, even when quality and safe medicines are available, ensuring that these medicines are in formulations that are appropriate for children can be challenging. Administering accurate doses is critical for proper treatment of children. However, many medicines are only available in formulations that are appropriate for adults and not children.
Ensuring a reliable supply of quality medicines that are appropriate for children takes expertise, diligence and attention to detail.