WHO Plans to Prequalify Insulin To Lower Global Prices : Short Wave Diabetes is a growing global problem, especially in low and middle income countries. Half of the 100 million in need of insulin lack reliable access. The World Health Organization wants to do something about it. Short Wave reporter Emily Kwong tells host Maddie Sofia about the WHO's pre-qualification program, a two-year plan to pave the way for more insulin manufacturers to enter the global market.

There's A Plan To Drive Down Global Insulin Prices. Will It Work?

There's A Plan To Drive Down Global Insulin Prices. Will It Work?

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Dr. Gojka Roglic and Emer Cooke with the World Health Organization announce a plan to grow the global supply of insulin in Geneva on November 13, 2019. Ryoko Miyazaki/WHO hide caption

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Dr. Gojka Roglic and Emer Cooke with the World Health Organization announce a plan to grow the global supply of insulin in Geneva on November 13, 2019.

Ryoko Miyazaki/WHO

Diabetes is a growing global problem, especially in low and middle income countries. Half of the 100 million people in need of insulin lack reliable access. The World Health Organization wants to do something about it. Short Wave reporter Emily Kwong tells host Maddie Sofia about the WHO's pre-qualification program, a two-year plan to pave the way for more insulin manufacturers to enter the global market.

Follow host Maddie Sofia @maddie_sofia and reporter Emily Kwong @emilykwong1234 on Twitter. Email the show at shortwave@npr.org.

This episode was produced by Rebecca Ramirez and edited by Viet Le.