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Annual Report 2002 - Essential Drugs and Medicines Policy: Supporting Countries to Close the Access Gap
(2003; 20 pages) [French] [Spanish] View the PDF document
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View the documentDeveloping a monitoring culture to improve impact
View the documentTraditional and complementary medicine: putting policy into action
View the documentKey country support in Africa and Eastern Mediterranean
View the documentWHO Collaborating Centres: supplying active support for medicines work
View the documentHow is TRIPS affecting access to medicines?
View the documentDevelopment of the essential drugs concept over the past 25 years
View the documentMeasuring access to antimalarials
View the documentStrengthening regional and national bulk procurement
View the documentLearning from successful supply systems
View the documentWorking out the cost of medicines
View the documentSupporting MDG target on access to essential medicines
View the documentCommon guideline for evaluating new medicines in Baltic countries
View the documentNGO toolkit for improving access to HIV/AIDS treatment
View the documentHarmonizing medicines regulation in the Americas
View the documentGood manufacturing practice in China: rapid progress
View the documentPharmacovigilance: detecting and reporting adverse drug reactions
View the documentVariations in prescribing information in 26 countries
View the document10th ICDRA: an international basis for medicines regulation
View the documentFighting poor-quality drugs
View the documentImproving medicines use in hospitals in Cambodia and Lao PDR
View the documentWHO-India Essential Drugs Programme: multiplying impact
View the documentOman: improving antibiotic use in primary health care

Strengthening regional and national bulk procurement

Africa: a regional workshop on strengthening national medicines supply systems was held in Harare, Zimbabwe in July to develop a framework for improving national essential medicines procurement and distribution systems in Africa. The 36 participants from 20 anglophone countries were drawn from national medicine supply agencies, departments of pharmacy within ministries of health, nongovernmental organizations and donor agencies.

South-East Asia: Following discussion at the Health Secretaries Meeting of April 2002, a resolution on bulk purchasing was passed at the SEARO Regional Committee in September 2002. SEARO's role is to bring together countries with similar situations and requirements - be these countries such as India, Indonesia and Thailand with sophisticated manufacturing capacity, or countries such as Bhutan, the Maldives and Timor Leste with no manufacturing capacity, or countries such as Nepal and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, which do have manufacturing capacity, but which need to tackle quality problems. Additionally, SEARO will work with countries to develop common medicines specifications.

Western Pacific: In 2002, a workshop on pooled medicines procurement for smaller island states (SIS) was held in Nadi, Fiji. The workshop evaluated implementation of a procurement action plan developed at an earlier workshop, and identified means of improving collaboration between the SIS and Fiji. Also in 2002, Practical Guidelines on Pharmaceutical Procurement for Countries with Small Procurement Agencies were published by the Western Pacific Regional Office to demonstrate how small procurement agencies can minimize costs and ensure product quality.


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