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More than one-third of the world’s population lacks regular access to essential medicines, many people need to pay out-of-pocket for medicines they can access, regulatory authorities often face incredible difficulties in carrying out their mandate and financing for health is still very limited: in some countries, it is less than US $2 per person per year. In spite of ad hoc donation programmes, promises of differential prices, international accords and so-called public-private-initiatives, the poorest nations continue to suffer from lack of access to medicines.

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