The Health and Humanitarian Logistics Conference 2021 took place last week, closing after a successful three days of excellent presentations, conversations and collaborative networking that will keep the momentum for change going into our continued work and upcoming events.
Opening with Africa and the Middle East, the huge value in developing stronger connections with local supply chain networks was highlighted. Knowledge sharing, training for local manufacturers and suppliers, and evidence gathering efforts was noted as being essential to supporting access to good quality health and humanitarian products, supply chain services, and information on globally acceptable standards. Day two focussed on Asia, and found that there is a need to advocate for long-term government policies and strategies that better enable health and humanitarian supply chain capacity strengthening. The final day of the HHL conference focused on the Americas, which recognised that current international procurement processes risk limiting business opportunities for local manufacturers and cooperatives; there needs to be a structural change in aid sector procurement to improve national resilience to emergencies.
Our excellent speakers, panellists, facilitators and presenters made the conference a rich, diverse and truly collaborative event. We thank each and every one of our attendees for joining us and for the many valuable contributions to each day's discussion. Our heartfelt thanks go out to our sponsors and supporters throughout the event.
A full summary, session recordings, detailed outputs and next steps will shortly be made available, watch this space and our social media!