World Health Organization
منظمة الصحة العالمية
Organisation mondiale de la Santé

Essential medicines programme


A view from above of tens of opened medicine bottlesEssential medicines should satisfy the priority health care needs of the population and be selected according to public health relevance, evidence on efficacy and safety and comparative cost–effectiveness.

The Iraqi health sector faces considerable and complex challenges. These challenges encompass improving access to quality health services by transforming the hospital-oriented system to a primary health care model and overcoming recurring shortages of essential medicines.

A country with limited public health regulatory capacities on service delivery and health technology, including the pharmaceutical sector, needs tremendous technical know-how and expertise to strengthen access to essential medicines and consolidate the regulatory function.

Strategic directions

The following are strategic directions for the pharmaceutical sector in Iraq.


Major achievements

The following are major achievements for the pharmaceutical sector in Iraq.