By sharing global expertise and collating information, IDDO strengthens knowledge of the scale of the problem of poor quality medicines and the most affected areas, and raises vital awareness among key stakeholders.
Impact of poor quality medicines

Medicines are of vital importance in health systems, and access to quality-assured medicines is part of the basic right to health. Nevertheless, poor quality medical products, including medicines, vaccines and diagnostic devices, are widespread due to poor manufacture (substandard medicines) or deliberate falsification. Poor quality medicines jeopardise national, regional and global attempts to improve access to effective health care because they lead to avoidable morbidity and mortality, waste financial resources, and contribute to drug resistance. 

Medicine Quality & Public Health Conference 2018

The first-ever dedicated academic conference on Medicine Quality & Public Health took place in Oxford, United Kingdom, from 23 – 28 September 2018. It brought together people from a diversity of sectors working in this field, such as public health, national regulatory authorities, pharmacy, biomedical, chemistry, law, ethics, cultural and social sciences, the pharmaceutical industry, international organisations, NGOs, national procurement centres, and internet and pharmaceutical forensics. The Oxford statement was released shortly after the conference. A fuller statement will be published in the new year.

WWARN's Antimalarial Quality work

WWARN's Medicine Quality Scientific Group is sharing expertise and collating information to increase our understanding of the prevalence and distribution of poor-quality medicines around the world.

WWARN's Antimalarial Quality Surveyor

The Antimalarial Quality Surveyor helps to respond to some of the critical gaps in information. This mapping tool delivers customised summaries of published reports of antimalarial medicine quality across regions and over time. 

Evaluation Medicine Quality Diagnostic Devices

A report summarising results from field studies testing the performance of diagnostic devices which assess the quality of widely used medicines.