LAC Forum sidesteps pandemic, completes successful Encuentros
3rd August 2020
Unfazed by the blows COVID-19 is dealing global event planning, the LAC Forum has successfully completed 12 of 13 virtual Encuentros for health ministry officials and UNPFA staff from nine countries. Participants from Bolivia, Brazil, Dominican Republic, Costa Rica, Honduras, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, and Uruguay learned how the business intelligence tool SEPREMI provides visibility into country stock levels, thereby helping decision makers resolve both stockouts and overstocks. Participants also learned how to use a second tool, MIPLAN, to quantify the impact of COVID-related budget cuts on contraceptive use and to advocate accordingly. The final plenary will take place in August 2020.