Creation and implementation of the regional database of maternal, newborn and child health drugs


Addis Ababa, November 4, 2021 (ECA) – The United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) today hosted a high-level virtual consultative forum on the creation and establishment of the regional database on group purchases of selected drugs for maternal, newborn and child health. This consultative forum follows the successful launch of the Centralized Procurement Mechanism (CPPM) of the AfCFTA-anchored Pharmaceuticals Initiative which was held on July 29, 2021.

The objective of the forum was to advocate for the creation and implementation of the electronic group purchasing database platform, to review the list of maternal, newborn and child health products, as well as to raise awareness on the roles of pilot countries regarding the operationalization of the CPPM. The meeting provided a platform to discuss the creation of the Pooled Procurement Network (PPN), a platform that enables staff involved in the procurement of health products to share information about the procurement process.

During the opening speech, Ms Jane Karonga, head of the AfCFTA-anchored Pharmaceuticals Initiative project, said the global response to the Covid-19 pandemic has revealed gaps and gaps in the supply chain and health care systems. “Even though the AfCFTA-anchored Pharmaceutical Initiative was launched a year before the pandemic hit the world, the groundbreaking work that has been undertaken on it has shown the potential of what countries can achieve if they Leverage AfCFTA and WADA to scale up local pharmaceutical activities, influence prices with pooled supply agreements and ensure harmonized regulatory framework and quality standards, she said. concluded by noting that the three pillars of the project were put to good use in the creation of spin-off institutions such as the African Vaccine Acquisition Trust (AVAT) and the African Medical Supplies Platform (AMSP), the first pooled procurement mechanism of the platform. online form owned by Africans in Africa, are real testimonies to the success of the initiative.

The advisory forum brought together senior government officials, procurement experts and ministry of health focal points from the ten pilot countries and a team of continental experts.

Pilot Member States unanimously agreed that the concept of the Regional Maternal, Newborn and Child Health Medicines Database will be a game-changer for the selected pilot countries and by nature the continent. The operationalization of the database will create an enabling environment for the pooling of procurement processes in order to attract favorable prices in the short to medium term, which in turn will create the fiscal space essential for countries to develop. more the health sector or any other sector of the economy. They also agreed that alignment of national stakeholders is essential for successful implementation.

At the end of the forum, Member States appreciated the consultation and looked forward to future commitments on the implementation of the Pharmaceuticals Initiative anchored in AfCFTA.

Media contacts:

Segolame Evans (Ms.)
Regional Integration Section, RITD, CEA
Pharmaceutical initiative anchored in the AfCFTA
Email: [email protected]

Issued by:
Communications Section
Economic Commission for Africa
P.O. Box 3001
Addis Ababa
Phone. : +251 11 551 5826
Email: [email protected]


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