Essential medicines and health products

Strengthening medicines procurement and supply management

Barriers to medicine access are manifold in low-income countries. In order to fill this public health gap, TCM works to strengthen medicine procurement and supply management at country-level, consequently avoiding insufficiency and improving general access to treatment. TCM provides policy and technical counsel and trains personnel on best practice in procurement and supply management techniques in areas such as quantification, storage and distribution.

TCM supports sub-regional economic blocks in Africa such as the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and the West African Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU). Regional groups among Caribbean and Pacific islands are also under TCM's agende for coordinated work. In these areas, regional workshops have been organized to enable member states to work together and further eliminate procurement and supply blockages. Efforts are also directed towards establishing regional pooled procurement systems.

TCM also plays an important role in the United Nations Procurement and Supply Management Core Group. The alliance is working to scale up access to HIV/AIDS medicines and to strengthen interagency co-ordination on procurement and supply management. Apart from UNICEF, the alliance is formed by UNDP, UNFPA, WHO, the World Bank and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria. TCM's national programme advisers are supporting the work of the associated national working groups.

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