West African workshop on Prequalification
9th January 2008
On December 4-6, 2007, Coalition members WHO, UNFPA and PATH joined with the West African Health Organization (WAHO) to lead a West African regional workshop on the WHO Prequalification Programme for Essential RH Medicines. Held in Dakar, Senegal, the workshop aimed to acquaint national procurement and regulatory officials with the WHO Prequalification Programme. It addressed good procurement practices and resources, the role of prequalification in the procurement process, and quality assurance. The workshop included 24 participants from Benin, Cote d'Ivoire, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, and Togo. They included in-country procurement specialists, drug and pharmaceutical regulatory agencies, and logistics experts, many of whom form part of WAHO's Informed Buying System for RH supplies.
PATH, WHO, and UNFPA are leading a similar workshop in Nicaragua on January 8-10, and will lead three workshops aimed at condom manufacturers in early 2008. The sponsors also plan to convene a half-day workshop for large-scale procurers and donors in conjunction with the Coalition´s May membership meeting. The workshops are supported through a grant to PATH from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Additional information on the workshop series is available from PATH Senior Programme Officer Janet Vail.