Coalition meets Interagency Pharmaceutical Coordination Group
13th December 2007
Carolyn Hart of JSI represented the Coalition at the November 13 meeting of the Interagency Pharmaceutical Coordination (IPC) Group. Convened by WHO's Essential Medicines team, the IPC comprises UN-implementing agencies and related multilateral organizations such as WHO, PAHO, UNICEF, UNFPA, UNDP, UNIDO, World Bank, Global Fund, and UNITAID. Typically, IPC meetings focus on information-sharing with a wide focus on "medicines," including policy and regulatory aspects, standards, procurement and supply chain management, product development, market forces, donor initiatives, health systems, and R&D.
Delegates meet semi-annually for two days, the first of which is open to invited organizations involved in pharmaceutical management. This time, invited guests included the Coalition, Management Sciences for Health (MSH), JSI, and the PEPFAR/Supply Chain Management System (SCMS). Each gave 10-minute presentations on their work and addressed questions about their priorities, current activities, and general policy direction for the next two to five years. For more details, contact Carolyn Hart.