Achieving a Shared Goal: Free Universal Health Care in Ghana

The current health system in Ghana is unfair and inefficient. Coverage of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) has been hugely exaggerated, and could be as low as 18%. Instead that most people are having to continue to pay out-of-pocket for their health care in a parallel "cash-and-carry" system. The government can and should move fast to implement free health care for all citizens.

Eye on the Ball: Medicine regulation - not IP enforcement - can best deliver quality medicines

Poor-quality, or 'substandard', medicines threaten patients and public health in developing countries. Prioritization of medicines regulation by developing-country governments, with the technical and financial support of rich countries, is badly needed. Under the guise of helping to address dangerous and ineffective medicines, rich countries are pushing for new intellectual-property rules and reliance on police - rather than health regulatory - action. This approach will not ensure that medicines consistently meet quality standards. Worse, new intellectual property rules can undermine access to affordable generic medicines and damage public health. Developing countries must improve medicines regulation – not expand intellectual-property enforcement - in order to ensure medicine quality.