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Pharmacies for Life
Our Planet. United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP) Magazine for Environmentally Sustainable Development (2001)
  • Nat Quansah, SIT Study Abroad
Abstract

The health policies of most developing countries have often favoured adopting and developing the modern medical system while tolerating, belittling, neglecting or abandoning existing traditional systems. Meanwhile local communities are denied the use of biodiversity in the name of conservation. The results of such policies have been a net loss both to health and economies, and the inability of poor countries to meet their needs for health care satisfactorily. The cost of the modern medical system is beyond most countries: its services only reach the few who can afford them. Most people cannot pay the high costs of medicines and treatments. Non-affordability leads to non-accessibility and thus non-availability. Any system which provides a service that is not affordable and therefore not accessible and not available can never claim to be effective and efficient.

Publication Date
2001
Citation Information
Nat Quansah. "Pharmacies for Life" Our Planet. United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP) Magazine for Environmentally Sustainable Development Vol. 12 Iss. 2 (2001)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/nat_quansah/19/