MSF writes letter of support for our application to get co-packaged ORS and zinc on the WHO Essential Medicines List

It was drawn to my attention just yesterday (15-May-19) that MSF (Médecins Sans Frontières) wrote a strong letter of support for our application to get co-packaged ORS and zinc on the WHO Essential Medicines List. I approached MSF, like others, before we lodged the application but they declined saying that they would assess the application once it was submitted. I wasn’t sure that this would happen but they followed through on commitment.

The letter was signed by Myriam Henkens, MSF’s International Medical Coordinator and is reproduced below.

Download (PDF, 75KB)

What is interesting is that MSF want co-packaged ORS and zinc to be included in both the EML for children and the main WHO list. We considered applying for both but didn’t want to jeopardise a listing on the list for children by also asking for it to be listed on the main list. Perhaps we should have been more ambitious.

The MSF letter brings the number of letters of support to an impressive sixteen. You can see the full list here and download the individual letters. This is what it looks like today:

WHO screenshot letters of support 160519

We expect to hear if our application has been successful in a few weeks.

This could be a game-changer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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