The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is giving $29.9 million to Management Health Sciences to make it easier for people in developing countries to get drugs and vaccines, the Associated Press reported Sept. 5.
The initiative also aims to create public-private models to improve access to drugs and vaccines.
“In most developing countries, governments have traditionally tried to support public programs to provide drugs and vaccines free of charge to their people,” says Jim Rankin, director of the MSH Drug Management Program. “These programs have failed to serve the public well.”
In the poorest countries, he said, “failure is compounded by the lack of funds to buy needed drugs. But in virtually all cases, the real problem is the lack of effective drug management systems, leading to wasted resources and reduced access to drugs.”
The study will test and evaluate management models in several developing nations. Successful models will then be set up worldwide. MSH will coordinate its efforts with the U.S. Agency for International Development, the World Bank and the World Health Organization.