Conference, 4 & 5 November 2014, Beffroi de Montrouge (Paris), France

img1Key stakeholders and representatives of national and international procurement organizations, hospital supply chains, and industry and healthcare facilities were brought together in this unique forum, organised by the International Hospital Federation, to engage in direct discussion of needs and projects as well as to exchange and share experiences and accomplishments in purchaser /supplier relations. The conference was held in conjunction with the 4th session of “Les Journées de l’Achat Hospitalier, a national event organized by Resah-IDF (www.resah-idf.com/)

In organizing the event, the IHF had the objective of ushering in new purchaser/supplier cooperation strategies to improve healthcare efficiency.

Healthcare organizations across the world are quickly reorganizing and pooling their procurement power, having recognized that strategic purchasing is the way forward in improving efficiency and promoting change in healthcare systems at a national and international level. Purchaser/Supplier relations in a number of countries have attained levels of maturity that currently warrant growth.

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Roundtable discussion panel: What Do Buyers Expect?

The scientific programme of the event enabled participants representing 17 countries to engage positively and constructively in roundtable discussions on:
•      Emerging trends on the role of procurement to support improvement in efficiency and to enable better responses from healthcare organizations, as they face a major need for change in delivering patient-centered care during an era dominated by multi chronic conditions
•      Building the purchaser/ supplier relationship in healthcare procurement, and
•      Improving efficiency and promoting change in healthcare systems at national and international levels

Messrs Haroun (right) and Alame (left), President and Vice President of the Lebanese Syndicate of Hospitals
Messrs Haroun (right) and Alame (left), President and Vice President of the Lebanese Syndicate of Hospitals

 Key conference expectations, all of which were realized in varying degrees, included:
•      Setting the stage for a move towards development of new relationships between purchasers and suppliers;
•      Building cooperation between purchasers and suppliers to create value for the healthcare system of tomorrow;
•      Taking initial steps towards launching continuous dialogue under the auspices of the International Hospital Federation and active participation in/among members of its Group Purchasing Organisation – Special Interest Group.

Participants also expressed their appreciation of the extended networking opportunities presented through the social programme, involving a dinner at La Capoule sponsored by Mölnlycke Health Care.

Presentations of the roundtable discussions are available at: http://www.ihf-fih.org/en/Spec.-Interest-Groups/Group-Purchasing-Organisations-GPO/Events

For more information on the activities of the IHF GPO-SIG, please visit: http://www.ihf-fih.org/index.php/Spec.-Interest-Groups/Group-Purchasing-Organisations-GPO

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Member State delegations of FAO and WHO invited representatives of UN entities, other intergovernmental organizations and Non-State actors in existing relations with FAO and official relations with WHO, to participate as observers at the Open-Ended Working Group for the Second International Conference on Nutrition (ICN2). The meeting, held 22-23 September 2014 at WHO Headquarters, Geneva, Switzerland, had as objective approval of the final draft of the Political Declaration and the formulation of recommendations and finalization of the Framework for Action for adoption at ICN2. The IHF was represented by Sheila Anazonwu, Partnerships and Project Manager.

ICN2 ImageThe Second International Conference on Nutrition (ICN2), to be held in Rome, Italy from 19 to 21 November 2014, with participation of Heads of State and Government, will be jointly organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Health Organization (WHO). The Conference will focus on how to address major nutrition challenges over the coming decades, identify public policy priorities at the national and global levels to address under-nutrition, micronutrient deficiencies and over-weight with a view to achieving the global nutrition targets by 2025.

This will be the first high-level intergovernmental conference on nutrition since the First International Conference on Nutrition organized by FAO and WHO in 1992, which resulted in a World Declaration and Plan of Action for Nutrition, that called on national leaders to develop National Plans of Action for Nutrition and establish institutional infrastructure to implement the plans.

The world in failing, over the past decade, to tackle malnutrition, has resulted in it becoming one of the world’s most serious but least addressed health problems and a significant contributor to child mortality. Nearly one-third of children in developing countries are either underweight or stunted, and more than 30% of people living in developing countries suffer from micronutrient deficiencies.

The new dimension which has emerged to the malnutrition problem is the epidemic of obesity and diet-related non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in developed countries, which has spread to developing countries. Many poorer countries have started to suffer from a double burden of under-nutrition and obesity.

These developments have led the international community to call on Heads of State and Government to agree on a new global framework to adequately address major nutrition challenges over the coming decades at the Second International Conference on Nutrition (ICN2).

For more information visit: http://www.fao.org/about/meetings/icn2/en/? utm_source=faohomepage&utm_medium=web&utm_campaign=featurebar

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