DfID Secretary of State and UNICEF provide letters of support

Penny_Mordaunt_in_BangladeshOn 12-Nov-18 we submitted our application to WHO to add co-packaged ORS and zinc to the WHO Essential Medicines List for Children and this was reported here. Our application was submitted with ten letters of support. The application and the letters of support are now available on the WHO website here.

Letters of support have been written by the following organisations and individuals:

Abt Associates, Catherine Clarence, Child Health Advisor, SHOPS Plus, International Development Division, Washington, DC, United States

Aga Khan University, Dr. Zulfiqar A. Bhutta, Professor and Founding Director, Center of Excellence in Women & Child Health, Karachi, Pakistan

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Dr. Anita Zaidi, Director, Enteric & Diarrheal Disease, Global Health, Seattle, WA, United States

Clinton Health Access Initiative, Kate Schroder, Vice President, Essential Medicine Initiative, Boston, MA, United States

Department for International Development (DfID, UK), Rt Hon Penny Mordaunt, Secretary of State, London, United Kingdom

Ghana Health Services, Mr. Leonard Lamptey, Convenor, Working Group for Essential Health Commodities, Accra, Ghana

Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, Dr. Chris Murray, Institute Director, Chair and Professor, Department of Health Metrics Sciences, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, United States

Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Dr. David Sack, Professor, Department of International Health, Baltimore, MD, United States

Pharmanova Zambia Ltd, Mr. Mohammed Umar, Director, Lusaka, Zambia

Senegal Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, Dr. Omar Sarr, [need title], Dakar, Senegal

United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), Dr. Rory Nefdt, Chief, Child and Community Health, New York, NY, United States

As a UK NGO that has been supported by DfID we are particularly pleased that DfID’s Secretary of State has written a letter of support and we have reproduced this letter below:

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The deadline for applications is 7-Dec-18 and we anticipate that the WHO website will then open for interested parties to comment on our application.





  1. Dear Jane and Simon,

    Many congratulations for submitting your application for this very important piece of work – co-packaged ORS and zinc. Exactly what is needed to move this forward.

    Fingers crossed.

    be well,