Joint UNICEF/WHO Medicine Procurement Practitioners Exchange Forum

22–24 January 2018, Copenhagen, Denmark

WHO/Europe and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Supply Division are pleased to announce the first Medicine Procurement Practitioners Exchange Forum, for practitioners from Europe, central Asia, the Middle East and north Africa.

This workshop is organized for the exchange of knowledge, practical experiences, challenges and best practices in procurement of medicines and medical devices related to management of HIV, hepatitis C and noncommunicable diseases (NCDs).

The workshop aims to continue to support Member States in improving access to high-quality and affordable medicines. Ensuring that high-quality essential medicines and health products are available in sufficient quantities and are affordable to the populations, requires functioning regulatory and procurement systems, legal provisions for universal health coverage, effective governance, and efficient management of resources. UNICEF and WHO are working with countries to promote and strengthen these functions.

The forum uses various methodologies, which include presentations from experts and representatives of participating countries, panel discussions and working group sessions.

The objectives of the 3-day workshop are to provide participants with the opportunity to:

  • share knowledge and experiences in planning, forecasting demand and procurement of antiretroviral drugs, hepatitis medicines and NCD-related medicines and medical devices, highlighting what has worked well and what has not;
  • discuss innovative solutions to specific challenges, and the support which UNICEF/WHO and partners can provide;
  • form strategic interactions among themselves that will be beneficial even beyond the forum exchange.

The workshop will be delivered in English with simultaneous translation into Russian.

Target audience

This workshop is targeted at national public procurement experts involved in the planning, forecasting and/or procurement of medicines in their respective countries, as well as national programme officers.


articipants are responsible for organizing and covering their own travel. An information note on Copenhagen, public transport and hotels is available. The venue for the forum is the UNICEF Supply Division, Copenhagen, Denmark.


Participation is limited to national experts from Albania, Armenia, Belarus, Egypt, Georgia, Iran, Iraq, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Libya, Morocco, the Republic of Moldova, Sudan, Tajikistan, Turkey, Ukraine and Uzbekistan.