UNITAID – 3rd Consultative Forum
4-5 October 2011, International Labour Organisation, Geneva, Switzerland
UNITAID is an international drug-purchasing facility, supporting projects which use UNITAID’s long-term sustainable funding to positively impact the market for medicines and other health products for HIV/AIDS, TB and Malaria. UNITAID convened its 3rd Consultative Forum on 4-5 October 2011, in Geneva, Switzerland, to consult with a range of UNITAID partners and stakeholders (including civil society, implementing partners, donor governments, pharmaceutical industry, and Ministry of Health representatives) on issues relating to UNITAID and the broader global health environment in the three diseases, and to generate recommendations on next steps for UNITAID’s activities.
The Consultative Forum was structured around a series of plenary sessions on the current treatment, diagnostics and prevention environment for the three diseases, including relevant sessions on access to medicines, local production, supply chain management, funding, and other issues. The focus of the Forum was around four workshops, featuring group discussions which were to generate recommendations for UNITAID’s next steps in each of the four workshop areas. These were:
1. Shaping and impacting markets in HIV/AIDS
2. Shaping and impacting markets in TB
3. Shaping and impacting markets in malaria
4. Intellectual property related access issues
A copy of the full Consultative Forum programme is available here.
The Civil Society delegations to UNITAID Board (representing NGOs and Communities affected by HIV/AIDS, TB and Malaria at Board level), attended the UNITAID Consultative Forum, along with a broad range of civil society stakeholders. The two delegations also convened a 1 day pre-meeting for the civil society groups they were aware were attending the Forum. This was attended by 22 additional civil society representatives.
You can read here the full Communiqué from the meeting.
Next Board Meeting: 12-13 December 2011
Other forthcoming dates of key UNITAID meetings include:
- Finance and Administration Committee (FAC): 15 November 2011
- Policy and Strategy Committee (PSC): 16 November 2011
For any further information, or if you have any feedback for the Delegations please contact UNITAID Civil Society delegations’ Liaison Officer, Jessica Hamer, on [email protected]