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EMA’s Agnès Saint Raymond joins UN Commission

Will support improved access to essential medicines for vulnerable women and children

Agnès Saint Raymond - EMAThe European Medicines Agency's Dr Agnès Saint Raymond has become a member of the United Nations (UN) Commission on Life-Saving Commodities for Women and Children.

Dr Saint Raymond, who heads human medicines special areas at the European regulator, will help with the UN Commission's work to improve access to essential but overlooked medicines and health supplies that could save the lives of millions of women and children every year.

She will also retain her role with the EMA and the UN appointment follows her recent work with the World Health Organization (WHO), where Dr Saint Raymond contributed to the development of the international network on paediatric medicines.

Dr Saint Raymond also has years of experience as a paediatrician, as well as leading the EMA's efforts in medicines for children.

The UN Commission was set up by United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) with the aim of increasing the availability, affordability, accessibility and use of medicines and health supplies that can reduce the main causes of child and maternal death.

It does this through increasing the production and supply of affordable products for women's and children's health by strengthening the quality of local production capacity; promoting innovative technologies and new product development; and strengthening regulatory frameworks.

The Commission also supports private and public sector market-shaping interventions and recommends strategies to raise awareness of and demand for products among healthcare providers and end-users

It is part of the Every Woman Every Child movement, which aims to save the lives of 16 million of the most vulnerable women and children worldwide by 2015.

18th April 2012

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