ESMO Opioid Survey Review: Africa

Africa Asia Latin America and Caribbean Indian States Middle East

Opioid availability data collected from selected observers from within Africa.
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Please comment, correct or dispute the above survey results in the comment section below:

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4 thoughts on “ESMO Opioid Survey Review: Africa

  1. I’m suprised to see that for Kenya and Uganda MoIR is only “occasionally” available. Oral morphine is produced under government contract by Hospice Africa Uganda and was available everywhere I went when I was there. I spoke to a PC physician from Kenya who told me there were no problems getting morphine in Kenya, The problem is that physicians don’t know how to use it. Fortunately, she is fixing that!

    Posted by Katherine Pettus | November 16, 2012, 11:50 AM
  2. Another comment on Ethiopia…there is a new article in the World Journal of Surgery (World J Surg. 2012 Nov;36(11):2545-53) which states that “Hospitals did not report a problem obtaining nonnarcotic or narcotic pain medication,
    although in many hospitals there was a hesitancy to prescribe narcotic pain medication for fear of addiction.” So the “occasional” availability in the chart might not be accurate.

    Posted by Katherine Pettus | November 16, 2012, 2:49 PM
  3. No info on Senegal? We’re working there now. Can certainly put you in touch with doctors there who will be able to answer the survey questions.

    Posted by Diederik Lohman | November 19, 2012, 10:45 AM
  4. Most of the data on South Africa is presented correctly. However, we have opioids available in the country which are not on the country’s essential drug list or formulary, so access is restricted to those who can buy them at private pharmacies. I cannot seem to reflect this on the form provided to review. If I select “no” for the formulary (for state health care), I cannot indicate the availability in private

    Posted by Charmaine Blanchard | December 18, 2012, 4:23 AM

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