Within the framework of Addressing the Challenge and Constraints of Insulin Sources and Supply (ACCISS) Study aimed to improve access to insulin, a Regional Workshop on Improving Access to Insulin took place on October 14-15, 2019 in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.
Representatives of eight countries of the region participated in the workshop, namely, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Kyrgyzstan, Republic of Moldova, Ukraine and Uzbekistan.
Other workshop participants included experts from WHO (HQ, EURO and Kyrgyzstan office), representatives of UNICEF, the ACCISS Study and their partners, and The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust (funder of the ACCISS Study).
The meeting was held to build awareness of the work of the ACCISS Study, the evidence gathered, and what is proposed to address the issues as well as to gain understanding of how to apply HAI developed core tools to assess country insulin access challenges. In addition, a platform has been created to share country best practices in planning, forecasting demand, registration, procurement, and distribution of insulin.