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regional workshop medicine supply 2018

Washington D.C., 30 August  2018 (OPS/OMS)- The Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO), in collaboration with the Global Fund to Fight HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, developed a workshop on "Strengthening supply system with emphasis on programming and quantification of medicines and reagents", on August 8-10, 2018, in Antigua Guatemala.

The activity aimed at analyzing the status of national supply management systems in six countries of the Americas and developing plans to promote technical independence and sustainability of those systems.

Twenty-seven health professionals and pharmacists responsible for medicines supply and planning, and from nationals HIV, tuberculosis and malaria health programs of the ministries of health of Cuba, Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Paraguay, attended the workshop. Also, advisors from PAHO/WHO Health Systems and Services in those countries participated.

During the activity, participants exchanged good practices and lessons learned in the improvement of medicines and reagents supply systems and in information systems, emphasizing on success indicators.

They also analyzed the processes that support forecasting and quantification of needs, and the information systems management for logistics administration. Finally, they defined interventions to improve the problems identified in the programming of needs, and determined possible technical cooperation activities with different stakeholders to improve supply systems.