• Priority Life-Saving Medicines for Women and Children, 2012 08-08-2014

World Health Organization List of Commodities

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 palliative care.

All of the medicines listed are included in the current versions of the WHO Model List of Essential Medicines (EML), the WHO EML for Children (with the exception of dexamethasone and betamethasone) and WHO treatment guidelines.

Medicines were selected from the core essential medicines list with one exception, to prioritize those medicines that can be used throughout health care
systems.