Point-of-Care EID: Quality Products to Deliver Quality Care: Monitoring the Performance of POC Nucleic Acid Testing Manufacturers

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EGPAF, Unitaid, 2017.

A global procurement consortium has been formed to ensure uninterrupted provision of timely, high-quality early infant diagnosis and viral load test results in countries most in need. The consortium aims to catalyze demand for and uptake of POC technologies, and ensure sustainability of the market, by applying strategies such as: pooling test volumes across purchasers; sharing market intelligence; providing advanced procurement forecasts to manufacturers; agreeing on procurement principles and negotiation targets; jointly negotiating prices as well as service and maintenance terms; and coordinating the placement of orders. From October 2016 to July 2017, EGPAF monitored procurement indicators for POC EID devices and tests kits ordered for eight project countries: Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Kenya, Lesotho, Mozambique, Rwanda, Swaziland, and Zimbabwe. This issue brief presents early results.