Manufacturers of contraceptives partner with Coalition
1st October 2007
From October 1-3, the MDA WG met in Washington, DC for a three-day session that included a manufacturer´s forum; an information exchange; and a closed session of WG members to formulate a new work plan. A final report of the three-day event, soon to be released, highlights the manufacturers´ satisfaction at being acknowledged by the Coalition as genuine development partners. It also notes the significance of the event as a complement to the general membership meeting, which until now has been the only forum for assembling a critical mass of stakeholders to share technical information.
Members of the WG re-grouped on October 23 to elaborate further on their draft work plan. They saw the expansion of Coalition membership as a positive opportunity to broaden their remit, launch new initiatives, and revitalize others. Among the latter was the theme of demand creation, which members of the manufacturer´s forum concluded was the greatest threat to meeting RH needs.
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October 2007, RHSC