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Supplies and Logistics

Medicine Procurement Practitioners Exchange Forum 2019

25–27 June, Copenhagen, Denmark

UNICEF Supply Division and WHO/Europe are pleased to announce the second Medicine Procurement Practitioners Exchange Forum (MPPEF) which will convene practitioners from three regions to exchange knowledge, practical experiences, challenges and best practices in the procurement of essential medicines and medical devices.

Medicines and health products often make up the largest portion of countries’ health spending, and they are an integral part of health financing for universal health coverage. As national governments continue to assume greater responsibility for public health, the second edition of the MPPEF provides an opportunity to build on the past year and share best practices in improving access to medicines and health technologies. 

The forum aims to continue to support improved access to medicines and health products through more efficient planning, financing and procurement, and supply management of medicines and health products. 

A variety of presentations, panel discussions and working group sessions will provide participants with the opportunity to: 

Share countries’ best practices in planning, forecasting demand, registration, procurement and distribution of essential medicines and medical devices.
Enhance capacity for strategic country-level procurement, with a view to achieving best value for money and increasing access to essential medicines. 
Share best practices from existing country collaborations around access to medicines. 
Discuss the potential creation of a practitioner’s network. 
Provide an opportunity for countries to discuss innovative solutions to specific challenges and how international partners can support. 
Encourage interactions and networking among participants that can initiate beneficial relationships beyond the forum. 

Target participants

This workshop is targeted at national public procurement experts involved in the planning, forecasting and/or procurement of medicines in their respective countries, as well as national programme officers. Country participation is by invitation and around 14 countries will be represented.

The forum is co-organized with WHO in collaboration with UNFPA, UNDP, UNAIDS, The Global Fund, The Medicines Patent Pool, The Global Drug Facility and MSF. 



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