World Health Day | April 4, 2018

World Health Day 2018:          Improving Access To Medicines


MAP International is recognizing World Health Day this April 7 to raise awareness among our supporters of the gaps in access to life-changing medicines. Initiated by the World Health Organization (WHO), this day of global health awareness is celebrated each year bringing attention to the needs of people worldwide who lack access to health services. 

As the Director-General of the WHO stated, 

“Health is a human right...No one should have to choose between death and financial hardship. No one should have to choose between buying medicine and buying food.”

At MAP International, we agree. 

For those of us who live in developed countries, it’s hard to understand why so many people in the world lack access to even the most basic medicines. But in many countries, even hospitals have no medicine or basic equipment to treat patients.


Pharmacies, where they exist, often have bare shelves. Doctors in many countries can diagnose patients but have no medicine to treat them. Sometimes countries simply lack the financial resources to import the needed quantities of medicines for those in need. Other times, they lack the appropriate storage to keep medicines at the correct temperatures or to safeguard them from tampering.

Most resource-poor countries have few controls over what medicines are available and therefore counterfeit, or ineffective treatments are sometimes sold on the street and often at a very high price.

Organizations like MAP ensure that quality medicines are delivered properly to trusted health practitioners in countries where many—if not most—of the population has no access to life-saving treatment. 

On World Health Day, MAP stands with organizations around the globe seeking to provide #HealthForAll. We will continue to deliver on our mission of providing life-changing medicines to those in need.

Join us as we continue on this journey. So many depend on us.

Thank you for all you do for MAP International.

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