9:30—11:00 AM ET

Tackling Procurement Challenges in a Pandemic and Beyond

This online event is jointly hosted by the World Bank’s Health Financing Global Solutions Group (HF GSG) along with the Global Financing Facility for Women, Children and Adolescents (GFF) and the Revisiting Health Financing Technical Initiative of the Joint Learning Network (JLN) in close coordination with P4H and other networks, to focus on the COVID-19 Health Financing Resilience Program (COVID-19 HFRP).

The full event recording is available here

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Meeting number: 160 104 8089 Meeting password: 3eNJWqBj2x

Procurement processes—which are vital to ensuring an affordable, reliable, and high-quality supply of health products—remain fraught with challenges, as highlighted by the Center for Global Development’s Working Group on the Future of Global Health Procurement. The COVID-19 pandemic is exacerbating long-standing challenges, for both COVID-related supplies and other essential health products. Disruptions to active pharmaceutical ingredient production, export bans, as well as transport interruptions are already having ripple effects globally. Supply shortages and quality issues for essential health products are likely to extend well beyond the immediate crisis.

The significant economic fallout will, in turn, affect the spending ability of governments and households around the world. Still, there may be opportunities to emerge from the crisis with more efficient procurement systems that can achieve more with less. This webinar, organized by the Efficiency Collaborative of the JLN, will highlight how lower middle-income countries governments, with support from development partners, can address longstanding challenges and improve procurement systems to expand access to affordable, high-quality health products. Presentations will spotlight ongoing efforts at the national and regional levels and promote learning among session participants.


Dr. Kalipso Chalkidou, Director of Global Health Policy and a Senior Fellow at the Center for Global Development.


Janeen Madan Keller, senior policy analyst and assistant director of global health at the Center for Global Development.

Prashant Yadav, senior fellow at the Center for Global Development and Affiliate Professor of Technology and Operations Management at INSEAD.


Somruethai Supungul, Project Manager of “The Accessibility to high cost medicines” project in the department of Bureau of Medicine and Medical Supply Management at the National Health Security Office (NHSO), Thailand.

Beverly “Bev” Lorraine Ho, Director for Health Promotion Bureau and Special Assistant to the Secretary of Health for Universal Health Coverage at the Department of Health – Philippines.                                                                 

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