E-DRUG: outdated WHO emergency kit
In the document received from E-drug on thursday I found:
For the composition of the WHO Emergency Health kit see:
When opening this website you will find WHO emergency kit description dated
1998 with literature and recommendations going back to the nineties.
When it comes to fever it assumes that it may be malaria. For malaria treatment
Chloroquine is being recommended.
This is strange. It has been banned everywhere.
1. Why is this booklet not updated?
2. Why is the kit not adapted to modern therapies.?
3. Why is chloroquine still being recommended?
4. Why do Artesunate based Combination Therapies (ACT's) not receive a place in
such a kit?
Dr. F.H. Jansen
30 Witte Bremlaan
[Fair point on chloroquine; ACT is now in most countries the recommended
therapy for malaria - even though we have a global production shortage.
Maybe WHO should make an update of the emergency kit also an agenda point for
the WHO Expert Committee on Essential Medicines? Their next meeting is in March