Table 1

Availability of 20 key essential medicines for children in 14 countries in central Africa3

Survey medicines available inProportion of medicines available, range
National essential medicines lists50–90%
Standard treatment guidelines15–100%
Central medical stores15–75%
Non-governmental organisation stores10–65%
Teaching hospitals15–70%
District hospitals10–80%
Primary healthcare18–48%
Retail pharmacies38–62%