Every Child, Everywhere: Leveraging Innovation for Child-friendly Medicines for Poverty-related and Neglected Tropical Diseases

At the 71st World Health Assembly 2018, a side event was organized by Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative (DNDi), the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, Medicines for Malaria Venture (MMV) and Unitaid. The event, entitled “Every Child, Everywhere: Leveraging Innovation for Child-friendly Medicines as a High-impact Contribution to Universal Health Coverage and Early Childhood Development”, provided the opportunity to discuss how best to leverage existing therapeutic options, adopt new ones, and improve access and use of life-saving treatments for children. It also aimed to help identify synergies with other child-friendly interventions. This meeting served as a platform to better understand the transformative role that innovative treatments are playing in addressing the needs of under-served children, seek ways to address the current challenges faced on the ground and identify what is needed for scaled up access to and good use of life-saving treatments by health services, caregivers, families and patients.