Access to Lifesaving Medicines

Providing Global Access to Drugs for Chronic Diseases

Sunny led policy engineering and design to modernize the World Health Organization Essential Medicines List, a listing of the 400-plus most important medicines globally. The work has led to new essential medicines for heart diseases, diabetes, leukemias, breast cancers, and mental illness being added to the Essential Medicines List and strengthened diffusion of these essential medicines in countries worldwide. Seven out of 10 countries examined have adopted these policy recommendations. 

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