Regional reps meet to address reproductive health supplies

Participants at the week long supply chain management workshop at Tokatoka Resort Nadi. Picture: SUPPLIED

MORE than 50 heads of central medical stores and national family planning co-ordinators from 14 Pacific Island countries attended a regional workshop in Nadi recently to discuss ways to improve access to affordable, quality reproductive health supplies.

The Pacific Regional Workshop on Strengthening Reproductive Health Commodities Procurement and Supply Chain Management was organised by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).

The week-long workshop focused on sharing, exchange, and discussion of new ideas of reinforcing collaboration on procurement and supply chain management systems for reproductive health products.

UNFPA Pacific director and representative Bruce Campbell said it offered capacity building in the form of technical support, training, and mentoring activities for key stakeholders in the procurement and regulation of reproductive health commodities.

“The UNFPA Supplies program is supporting 14 countries in the Pacific to ensure that reproductive health and family planning commodities are increasingly available,” he said.

He added that UNFPA purchased and paid for contraceptives and other supplies and equipment on behalf of governments in the region for distribution by government-operated health facilities.

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