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This isn’t just the right thing to do; it’s the smart thing to do. The economics are compelling.


NEWS UNICEF’s Executive Director on the Best Buys in Global Health

In an interview in, UNICEF’s Executive Director Anthony Lake argues why healthy children are good for business and gives the “best buys in global health today.”

Among the products he cites are oxytocin to prevent maternal hemorrhage, magnesium sulphate to treat eclampsia and save mothers lives, amoxicillin to treat pneumonia and zinc and oral rehydration salts to treat diarrhea.

In the Q&A, conducted by the Skoll World Forum, Lakes described the landscape for such products and the reasons why companies may not believe it makes financial sense to produce them.

But Lake argued that that the costs of scaling up the 13 life-saving medicines and health supplies that the UN Commission on Life-Saving Commodities for Women recommends, “pales in comparison to the benefits” of saving over 6 million lives. “This isn’t just the right thing to do; it’s the smart thing to do,” Lake said. “The economics are compelling.” The commission members included GBCHealth members BD, Mylan, Save the Children, Merck and GBCHealth co-Chairman Ray Chambers.

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Read UN Commission’s plan and recommendations to improve the supply and access of life-saving health supplies.