The stakeholder mapping workshops were successfully organized in 6 short-listed countries which are possible hosts of Regional Asia Pacific Centres of Excellence (RACE) in Asia Pacific: Thailand, The Philippines, Myanmar, Malaysia, India, and Vietnam in June and early July 2018. These events were part of the Gavi-sponsored business feasibility study (BFS) to establish Regional Asia Pacific Centres of Excellence for health supply chain.
Aiming to present key insights of the stakeholder mapping at country level and to consult stakeholders and partners involved in capacity building and innovations for strong health commodities supply chains, the workshops attracted a large number of participants in each country, including ministries of health, possible RACE hosting organizations, development partners, associations, and private sectors who are the key stakeholders in the health supply chain domain.
During the half day activities, after the welcome remarks from UNICEF/WHO and BFS Coordinator and Team leader – Mrs. Dorothy Leab, the participants were introduced about the concept of RACE and the BFS as well as the study’s key findings as of 28 May 2018. Representatives from carefully selected training/research organizations followed by giving detailed presentations about their added value and required investment for establishing/hosting a RACE , which brought to in-depth discussions among the stakeholders on the RACE model and business scenarios in each country. Wide-ranging recommendations were put forward on the needs and feasibility of RACEs establishment given the context of the countries and will contribute as significant inputs towards the study’s completion.
As the initial event, Thailand Stakeholders workshop was held in Bangkok on 12th June 2018 with the participation of 23 people from HITAP Thailand, Government Pharmaceutical Organization, Department of Medical Services, Department of Disease Control, National Vaccine Institute, Mahidol University, Purchasing and Supply Chain Management Association of Thailand, USAID/RDMA, GHSC-PSM, GSK, Sanofi Pasteur, and GaneshAID.
Following the success from the first workshop, Stakeholders workshop in Manila (The Philippines) on 14th June was a fruitful discussion as welcoming 25 participants from WHO WPRO, UNICEF, Department of Health, PASIA, PHAP, Sanofi Pasteur, Zuellig Pharma Corporation, MSD, GSK, along with GaneshAID team.
Held at UNICEF Yangon office on 18th June, Stakeholders workshop offered an opportunity for 27 representatives from Ministry of Health and Sports, Development Partners including WHO, UNICEF, GHSC-PSM, UNOPS, PATH the private sector, two possible hosts including Myanmar Supply Chain College and Strategy First Institute (SFI), and GaneshAID team to discuss about feasibility of RACE establishment in Myanmar.
Likewise, on 26th June, 19 health supply chain specialists gathered 2018 in UNICEF office in Kuala Lumpur to share their own remarks on the needs for health supply chain training/research centers in the country.
Two days after Malaysia workshop, New Delhi welcomed 21 attendees to contribute their opinions from expertise perspective regarding the outcomes of the study and the way forward for India and the Asia-Pacific Region.
The last stop in the series of stakeholder workshops in 6 countries was Vietnam. Organized at Green One United Nations House, the event attracted 25 experts in the field of supply chain from EPI, National Institute of Vaccines and Biologicals, WHO, UNICEF, UNDP, PATH, the private sector including MSD and GSK, and the two possible hosts: AITCV and VILAS.