Pharmaceutical Situation in the Caribbean: Fact book on Level I Monitoring Indicators - 2007
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[Preface]. This Factbook is part of an effort to collect, systematize and make available information about the pharmaceutical situation in the countries of the Caribbean. The data is compared with the entire Region of the Americas, in the context of the development of the European Union and World Health Organization Project for Africa, Caribbean and Pacific Island Countries, “Partnership on Pharmaceutical Policies”. A previous publication on the Level I survey at the global level was conducted in 2003, but this is the first publication of its kind on the pharmaceutical situation in the Caribbean. The 2007 survey results presented in this document are part of the commitment to perform regular monitoring to determine whether there are enabling situations and environments in countries to realize the vision of people having access to the essential medicines they need; that the medicines are safe, effective and of good quality; and that medicines are prescribed and used rationally. As in the previous Factbook, this document aims to summarize and provide an overview of the pharmaceutical situation in countries of the Caribbean which have contributed data through their health ministries. Data are presented as facts, with key findings following each table and figure. We would appreciate any comments on and corrections of the data and information presented, which we can then use to further improve the process of data collection and information sharing. We hope that the data and information presented in this Factbook can be used to identify gaps, set priorities, assist in setting targets, provide information in assessing the strengths and weaknesses of strategies, and shed light on national and institutional problems as a tool for enhancing accountability and transparency. It is hoped that this publication can be a useful tool for policy makers, planners, and to a certain extent researchers and others who need such data and information. This Factbook could also serve as a resource for international agencies and donors by supplying information that can be used as baseline data for monitoring and possibly to infer the potential impact of activities. In addition, professional groups and NGOs may find useful data within this Factbook to cite in their advocacy and information campaigns.
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