Research Paper 53, September 2014

Regional Pooled Procurement of Medicines in the East African Community

This paper explores the current discussions in the East African Community (EAC) with regard to the establishment of a regional pooled procurement mechanism for essential medicines.

In 2008, the EAC Council of Ministers has approved the establishment of a regional pooled bulk procurement mechanism for essential medicines with a group contracting model based on the recommendations of a feasibility study carried out by the WHO in 2007 at the request of the EAC. However, there has not been much progress towards the implementation of the regional procurement mechanism by developing a plan of action for the same.

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