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2nd Francophone Africa GS1 Healthcare Summit

19-20 July 2023 (Virtual)

8:00 - 11:00 am EDT / 12:00 - 15:00 pm GMT

Enabling Supply Chain Digital Health Transformation

The purpose of this activity is to continue to increase Francophone countries in West and Central Africa awareness on digital health supply chain transformation.

To continue building awareness of global standards in Francophone Africa there was an urgent need to organize a 2nd summit for counterparts to fully engage in discussions on GS1 and to learn from each other as they discover how to design their traceability journey.

Through a 2-day semi-virtual Francophone Africa GS1 Healthcare Summit, MOH counterparts learned how digital supply chain transformation is enabled by product traceability and global standards. Through these meetings healthcare leaders were encouraged to share and discuss progress made towards the adoption of global standards for the betterment of patient safety, supply chain security and efficiency.

We want to extend our heartfelt gratitude to all 205 participants who joined us from 44 countries around the globe including 28 African countries over the course of two enriching days.

Stay connected with us for updates, follow-ups, and information on future initiatives. Together, we can achieve even greater heights in advancing healthcare in Francophone Africa and beyond.

Proposed objectives


Day 1 – 19 July 2023

Building from the foundation for traceability systems and the national product catalog (NPC)

Time: 12:00 – 12:15 GMT / 08:00 – 08:15 EDT

  • Representative from USAID
  • Representative from GS1 Global Office
  • Representative from WHO

Presenters: TBC

Time: 12:15 – 12:30 GMT /08:15 – 08:30 EDT

  • Introductions and virtual group photo

Facilitator: FTO Communications team

Time: 12:30 – 14:00 GMT /08:30 – 10:00 EDT

Description: This session summarizes highlights from the 2022 Francophone Africa GS1 Summit, where participants built foundational knowledge on global standards for traceability and use of the NPC. The session will invite last year’s presenters to share their country updates since May 2022, and will share progress from the broader Africa region of Africa.

Facilitator(s):  Angela Elong (GHSC-TA Francophone TO)

Presenters: Prof Mojisola Adeyeye (NAFDAC, AMRH) - invited | Nuran Idris (GS1 Global Office) - confirmed | Maximilien Kpodjedo (Presidency of the Republic of Benin) - confirmed | Youssonon Chabi (Benin Regulatory Authority - ABRP) - confirmed | Atany Nyansa (Togo Directorate of Pharmacy, Medicines and Laboratories) - invited | Salvator Sindayigaya (Burundi Regulatory Authority - ABREMA) - invited | Franck Biyayi (DRC National Supply Chain Program - PNAM) - invited | Donat Kabamb Kabey (DRC Regulatory Authority - DPM) - invited

Time: 14:00 – 14:30 GMT /10:00 – 10:30 EDT

Description: In view of the earlier presentations, highlight the key stakeholders involved & recommendations / best practices for stakeholder engagement as a prerequisite for success. Including the don'ts.

Presenter(s): Sophie Molle (GS1 Global Office) - confirmed

Time: 14:30 – 15:00 GMT /10:30 – 11:00 EDT

Description: Wrapping up day 1 and setting up day 2; this session will introduce the concept of digital health supply chain and how it fits into the broader context of what’s been discussed/presented during the meeting so far.

Presenter(s): Ramy Guirguis (USAID/PRH) - confirmed

Day 2 – 20 July 2023

Enabling digital health supply chain transformation

Time: 12:00 – 12:15 GMT / 08:00 – 08:15 EDT

Description: A recap of the conversations from day 1

Presenter(s): Nuran Idris (GS1 Global office)

Time: 12:15 – 12:30 GMT /08:15 – 08:30 EDT

Description: A brief introduction of how global GS1 standards can enable the digital supply chain transformation in country healthcare settings.

Presenter(s): Pete Alvarez (GS1 Global Office) - Confirmed

Time: 12:30 – 13:15 GMT / 08:30 – 09:15 EDT

Description: This session provides a high-level overview of the efforts done by countries that are starting their health product traceability journey focusing especially on the foundational efforts in defining their architecture.

Facilitator: Dah El Hadj Sidi (GHSC-TA Francophone TO) - confirmed

Panelists: Heran Gerba (Ethiopian FDA) - confirmed | Al Shiferaw (JSI) - confirmed | Jean Baptiste Byiringiro (Rwanda MOH) - invited | Matthews Mwale (Zambia MOH) - confirmed | Petros Lukonde (Zambia MOH) - confirmed

Time: 13:15 – 13:30 GMT / 09:15 – 09:30 EDT

Time: 13:30 – 14:15 GMT / 09:30 – 10:15 EDT

Description: High level overview from countries that have set up pharmaceutical traceability and integrated global GS1 standards into supply chain digital transformation.

Facilitator: Nuran Idris (GS1 Global Office) - confirmed

Panellists: Cihan Korucu (GS1 Türkiye) - confirmed, Mario Abitbol (GS1 Argentina) - confirmed, Subrato Dey (GS1 India) - confirmed, Michele Francis Padayachee (GS1 South Africa) - confirmed

Time: 14:15 – 14:30 GMT / 10:15 – 10:30 EDT

Time: 14:30 – 14:45 GMT / 10:30 – 10:45 EDT

Presenter(s): Swaroop Jayaprakash (WHO) & Carl Leitner (WHO) - invited

Time: 14:45 – 15:00 GMT / 10:45 – 11:00 EDT

Description: This session will provide a recap of resources available to support countries embarking on their traceability journey including providing key contact information for support. Furthermore, the countries will discuss what needs to happen to have more dialogue and what next steps each country wishes to take.

Facilitators: TBC