Innogen · ‘Innogen Insider’ blog · January 23, 2014
OU DPP Guest Blog: Local pharma in Africa - going nowhere, slowly?
by Julius Mugwagwa
A recent visit to South Africa and Zimbabwe for field work on the ESRC-funded â€˜innovative spending in healthâ€™ project and NEPAD conference on medicines regulation and access confirmed to me that indeed the multi-pronged search for effective solutions to Africaâ€™s health care challenges has resulted in unending academic, policy and practice debates on the role that local production and supply of pharmaceutical products can play in availing safe, efficacious, affordable and high-quality products. As players in the health care system face sustained pressure from rising health care costs, changing regulations and an influx of patients demanding the same or even better quality care, one consistent argument is that local production will contribute positively to health system targets, and is thus a good place to spend the â€˜health dollarsâ€™.