Hans V. Hogerzeil, MD, PhD, FRCP Edin, is Professor of Global Health at Groningen University (Netherlands). He was a mission doctor in India and Ghana and in 1985 joined the WHO. He has advised over forty countries, including S-Africa, India and China on the development of their national medicines policy and programme. From 2004 to 2011 he was Director for Essential Medicines, being responsible for all WHO's global policies, nomenclature and standards on medicines, the prequalification programme, and all technical support to Member States. From 2001 to 2011 he was the Chair of the Interagency Pharmaceutical Coordination Group of all major UN agencies, the Global Fund, the World Bank and UNITAID. Dr Hogerzeil is the editor of several WHO books and wrote over 60 scientific papers on essential medicines policies. His recent interests include essential medicines for reproductive health, access to essential medicines as part of the fulfillment of the right to health, and the biennial ATM index.