7 March 2023

The EAC Regional Centre for Vaccines, Immunisation and Health Supply Chain Management (RCE-VIHSCM/UR) recognizes that developing new & innovative trainings is crucial to closing skills gaps in Health Supply Chain Management. On Monday 16th January, 2023, the EAC RCE-VIHSCM in collaboration with UNCEF Supply Division and GS1 Healthcare, kicked-off a workshop on Global Standards, Traceability and Verification System (TRVST) for vaccines & other health commodities. The workshop took place at Ubumwe Hotel in Kigali, Republic of Rwanda.

The training which was organized for healthcare professionals from EAC National Medicines Regulatory Agencies (NRMAs), Central Medical Stores (CMS) and EPI Programmes, aimed at capacitating participants on how to secure supply chains and ensure patient safety using Global Standards.

Present at different points of the training workshop to elaborate more on technical concepts and share experiences were experts in Global Standards and Traceability namely; Géraldine Lissalde-Bonnet, the GS1 Vice-President Healthcare, Nuran Idris, the GS1 Healthcare Manager for Africa, Max Kabalisa, the Digitalization and Traceability Manager at UNICEF Supply Division and Jose Edouard Munyangaju, Medicines Registration and Variation Assessment Analyst at the Rwanda Food and Drugs Authority.

“This indeed has been an enriching week for beneficiaries of the week-long training on Global Standards, Traceability and Verification System (TRVST)”, said Dr. Eunice Gathitu representing the Republic of Kenya Ministry of Health. “We are really ready to work together and look forward to starting the journey. Rwanda is doing a lot and we can learn from the good experience”, she added. The workshop was well attended by participants from the Republics of Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Uganda and the United Republic of Tanzania.

To crown this training workshop, participants were accorded a familiarization visit to the Rwanda National Vaccines warehouse located at the Kigali Special Economic Zone (KSEZ) where they got firsthand experience on how GS1 technology is applied.