The World Health Organization just came out with a list of thirty medications that should be in every hospital in the world in order to improve the health of women and children. The medicines on this list were chosen according to 1) the global burden of disease; 2) the evidence of efficacy and safety for preventing or treating major causes of sexual and reproductive, maternal, newborn and child mortality and morbidity. In addition, medicines were included for the prevention of preterm birth and palliative care. How many of them can you name?
Here are some hints:
What causes half of the maternal deaths in developing countries?
What drug prevents morbidity and mortality following preterm birth?
What easily treatable diseases are the single biggest cause of death in children worldwide?
Which vitamin protects against measles?
What is the only topical medicine on the list?
The full list is here: http://www.who.int/medicines/publications/A4prioritymedicines.pdf