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Integrating Global and National Knowledge to Select Medicines for Children: The Ghana National Drugs Programme

  • David Sinclair mail,

    sinclad@liverpool.ac.uk

    Affiliation: Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, Liverpool, United Kingdom

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  • Martha Gyansa-Lutterodt,

    Affiliation: Ghana National Drugs Programme, Accra, Ghana

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  • Brian Asare,

    Affiliation: Ghana National Drugs Programme, Accra, Ghana

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  • Augustina Koduah,

    Affiliation: Ghana National Drugs Programme, Accra, Ghana

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  • Edith Andrews,

    Affiliation: World Health Organization, Accra, Ghana

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  • Paul Garner

    Affiliation: Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, Liverpool, United Kingdom

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  • Published: May 21, 2013
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pmed.1001449

About the Authors

David Sinclair, Paul Garner
Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, Liverpool, United Kingdom
Martha Gyansa-Lutterodt, Brian Asare, Augustina Koduah
Ghana National Drugs Programme, Accra, Ghana
Edith Andrews
World Health Organization, Accra, Ghana

Corresponding Author

Email: sinclad@liverpool.ac.uk

Competing Interests

PG is Director of Evidence Building and Synthesis Research Consortium that receives money to increase the number of evidence-informed decisions by intermediary organizations, including WHO and national decision makers that benefit the poor in middle and low income countries. DS is employed as part of this Consortium. PG is the co-ordinator of a WHO Collaborating Centre for Evidence Synthesis for Infectious and Tropical Diseases (http://apps.who.int/whocc/default.aspx; UNK234): one of the Centre's aims is to help WHO in its role as an infomediary in communicating reliable summaries of research evidence to policy makers, clinicians, teachers and the public in developing countries. MG, BA and AK work at the Ghana National Drugs Programme and coordinated the national drug selection process for 2010. EA works with the World Health Organization country office in Ghana and collaborates with the Ministry of Health on issues of Medicines Policy Development and supports implementation of medicines policies.

Author Contributions

Wrote the first draft of the manuscript: DS. Contributed to the writing of the manuscript: DS MG BA EA AK PG. ICMJE criteria for authorship read and met: DS MG BA EA AK PG. Agree with manuscript results and conclusions: DS MG BA EA AK PG.