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Lessons from countries and humanitarian aid organizations in facilitating the Timely Supply of Controlled Substances during Emergency Situations  

Over the past year with the global Covid situation, countries and humanitarian aid organizations were faced with considerable challenges in the timely supply of, and access to, controlled substances to emergency sites. In response to these supply problems in emergency situations, WHO already in 1996 had developed the Model Guidelines for the International Provision of Controlled Medicines for Emergency Medical Care (WHO Model Guidelines). The International Narcotics Control Board (INCB), in line with its mandate under the international drug control conventions on the availability of controlled medicines, convened a meeting on 18 and 19 March 2021 to discuss and analyse the supply problems and identify best practices on how countries and the global community can facilitate the availability of controlled medicines during emergency situations by using these Model Guidelines. The meeting brought together the competent authorities of twenty-two countries and representativesfrom WHO, UNICEF, UNODC, ICRC and MSF with direct experience and involvement in these supply policies. (INCB - International Narcotics Control Board, Wien, 2021)