The World Health Organization has set Nov.
20 as World Children's Day to call attention to the millions of children worldwide who don't have access to the medicines they need to live a long, healthy life.
In a press release, WHO says the day is intended to raise awareness of the critical need for affordable, palatable, and easy-to-swallow medicines for children around the world, especially in low- and middle-income countries.
According to a WHO report, 6 million fewer children under the age of 5 died in 2016 than in 1990, but "there is a lack of research into new life-saving tools targeted at children," especially for the youngest age groups.
"Children cannot swallow tablets or capsules, often cannot bear the taste of liquid medicines metabolize and drugs differently as they develop and grow," the report states.
"Paediatric medicines need to be palatable, scored, crushable, dispersible (i.e., [disintegrates] quickly in water), chewable, sprinkled on food or mixed with breast milk," the report states.
Currently, there are no affordable, quality, easy-to-swallow medicines for children under the age of 5 in low- and middle-income countries.
The WHO is calling for
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