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Medicines | May 3, 2018

Q & A: How does MAP choose which medicines to provide to those in need?

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Have you ever wondered how MAP chooses which medicines to provide those in need?

Great question! 

Although there are thousands of medicines available, the World Health Organization estimates that just 40 essential medicines can treat 90 percent of the illnesses in the world.

That’s why MAP specializes in providing these often life-saving medicines, including antibiotics, fever-reducers, anti-seizure medications, and oral rehydration therapies. MAP also provides medicines to help manage diabetes, treat hypertension and other cardiovascular diseases.

In addition, MAP works with local partners on the ground to provide medicines that are appropriate and effective for local populations as well as medicines that can be stored without refrigeration, which is often unavailable in resource-poor countries.

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MAP also works with partners responding to particular needs, procuring the medicines needed to treat a specific illness or outbreak. During the 2016 Zika outbreak in Latin America, for example, MAP provided medicines and health supplies to people in need to help treat and prevent the spread of the virus.  

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