Emergency in Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe - Cyclone Idai and floods

VIENNA, 21 March 2019 - In response to tropical Cyclone Idai and devastating flooding in Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe where more than a million people have been affected, the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) reiterates its call upon Governments to facilitate the supply of internationally controlled substances urgently needed for the medical treatment of those affected.

INCB draws to the attention of all Governments that in acute emergencies, such as the one experienced by these three countries, it is possible to utilize simplified control procedures for the export, transportation, and provision of medicinal products containing controlled substances. Competent national authorities may permit the export of medicines containing narcotic drugs and/or psychotropic substances to the areas even in the absence of the corresponding import authorizations and/or estimates. Urgent deliveries do not need to be included in the estimates of the receiving countries affected by the natural disasters.

See E/INCB/NAR/C.L.10/2019 MLW MOZ ZIM: [ ENG / FRA / SPA ]

Competent national authorities may find further information on the subject in the Guidelines for the International Provision of Controlled Medicines for Emergency Medical Care developed by the WHO in cooperation with the INCB.

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