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The team has chosen Cook Islands as the country of choice.

The section I’ve chosen from the WHO six Building Blocks model is ‘Access to essential medicines’.

Instructions are to write a report for the Health Minister of that country using the WHO six Building Blocks model.

800 words for ‘Access to Essential medicines’ section.

300 words for ‘Executive summary’ section.

You are to apply the concepts of indicators, predominance of a particular disease or public health problem and the weaknesses that have contributed to this problem. Your Report will conclude with your recommendations to strengthen the health system of that country.This is to include sensible projects and policy recommendations that would be possible,accompanied by the implications of your policies for the public health problem.

Breakdown of the report:

· Definition: Have definition of what your building block is

· Subsections: to talk about aspects of your building block

· Indicators: Briefly mention a few indicators (maybe use bullet points or a table or can refer to your table to the appendix of the document)

· What department and position in the country contributes to your building block and

· The Organization’s structure and management

· How is the data that they collected managed

· How are other Building Blocks connected together

· Try to make a full circle: Look at the lecture slide layout of information for critical points to add additional key information

· More importantly: use the lecture slides to look for key country information that is NOT there. And use that missing information to talk about in your building block.

Your task is to form a research team of 6 members (one for each building block) and research and critically analyse the health system of a developing country and write a report for the Health Minister of that country using the WHO six Building Blocks model.

Each week you will be able to see how the building blocks are used to examine and analyse aspects of a health system. You need to use these concepts of indicators and other descriptors to identify any weaknesses contributing to public health issues in that country. The case studies also illustrate innovate ways that you could consider to strengthen your health system to address certain health issues.

Your Report will conclude with your policy recommendations to strengthen the health system of that country. This is to include sensible projects and policy recommendations that would be possible, accompanied by the implications of your policies for a public health issue. It is expected that this will be a compilation from the research reports by each individual building block.

Answered Same DayApr 06, 2021PUBH7614University of Queensland

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Anju Lata answered on Apr 19 2021
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Running Head: Access to Essential Medicines in Cook islands
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Access to Essential Medicines in Cook islands
Access to Essential Medicines in Cook Islands
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Executive Summary
The demographics of the populations of Cook Island involve several risk factors which increase the chances of Non communicable diseases in the country. The access to affordable and quality medicines is considered as a right to health in the national legislation of cook Island. According to WHO, the most prevalent causes of deaths in Cook Islands have been non communicable diseases like diabetes, poisoning, injuries, obesity, Cardiac problems, hypertension and cancer. According to Statistics of Ministry of Health in 2012, about 63% registered patients were diagnosed with hypertension. The access to essential medicines is controlled by the policies like Pharmaceutical Policy, National Good Governance Poilcy and National Medicines Policy which covers the selection of essential medicines, medicine financing, rational use of medicines, pricing, distribution and procurement of medicines, research and pharmaco-vigilance of medications.
Cook Island undergone an in-depth analysis to support the financing of medicines. WHO conducted medicine surveillance and review of the pharmacy cu
iculum to facilitate rational use of essential medicines. Medicines Transparency Alliance (META) was established and technical support was provided in the country. However, the measures yet to be addressed more strictly are: Establishment of national policy over access to medicines, strengthening the regulatory mechanism, surveillance and minimizing the harmful and ineffective drug use practices.
The Supply division of WHO involves a quality assurance system to facilitate medicine purchase only by country offices. It is done to control the expansion of unlicensed and counterfeit medicines. Cook Island is a signatory of UN convention against Illicit Traffic in Narcotics Drugs and Psychotropic Substances.
Access to Essential Medicines
Access to Essential Medicines is considered as a part of ‘Right to Health’ in the National Legislation of Cook Island (Cook Island Ministry of Health, 2013). There are legal provisions for providing patents to the medicines manufacturers which involve medical supplies, laboratory supplies, pharmaceuticals and the equipments. However there are no licensed manufacturers and marketing authorizations of the medicines in the country. Generally the medicines are imported from New Zealand and Australia. There are no legal provisions for the wholesalers and the distributers to follow the Goods Distribution Practices. There are no legal provisions to control the market of medicines. There are legal provisions to control the advertisement and promotion of prescription and non prescription medicines in Cook Islands.
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