Universal Access to Medicines for Non-Communicable Diseases

High medicine prices know no bounds – they affect all countries, all diseases, and affect all people (both directly and indirectly). But the greatest price is paid by those who suffer with a chronic non-communicable disease (NCD) and who are forced to pay for medicines out-of-pocket. Their situation is dire; life-long diseases that require life-long treatments with medicines at prices that put them out of reach. Coupled with this, the availability of NCD medicines is often deplorable. Mbithe Munyao’s story illustrates their struggle.

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