Capacity building

As part of the commitment to ensure that all individuals have access to affordable, quality reproductive health (RH) supplies, UNFPA offers procurement capacity building in the form of technical support, training, and mentoring activities for key stakeholders in the procurement, production and regulation of RH commodities.

Quality Assurance Capacity Building

These capacity building activities are available to manufacturers, national regulatory authorities, national quality control laboratories and other similar bodies.  An example of a quality assurance capacity building activity is conducting regional workshops in conjunction with WHO and FHI 360 on laboratory quality control for RH Products. The purpose of these workshops is to review and discuss best practices in laboratory management, which includes accreditation, sampling, testing protocols and procedures to ensure the quality of reproductive health commodities. There is also an opportunity for countries that have participated in the regional workshops to receive on-site training within their laboratories to build upon the concepts introduced during the regional workshops. Current capacity building initiatives include:
  • Regional workshops on standards and laboratory quality control for RH products
  • On-site trainings for national laboratories testing male and female condoms 
  • Informational workshops on the WHO/UNFPA prequalification processes and specifications
  • Informational workshops for manufacturers on the Expert Review Panel and WHO Prequalification Programme
UNFPA is also available to provide Quality Assurance Capacity Building support for third party organizations upon request. Third party support includes: consultation on quality assurance issues, training, and policy development.
For information on upcoming capacity building workshops and events please contact us.

Capacity Building in Procurement

If your government, institution or NGO is seeking capacity development opportunities, please note that UNFPA offers online training to all its external partners.
The e-courses available are Level 1: Introduction to Procurement, Level 2: Ethics in Procurement and the Quality Assurance of Medicines e-course developed in collaboration with WHO. The courses are offered under the auspices of the Global Programme to enhance Reproductive Health Commodity Security.  

A Business Approach to Transforming Public Health Supply Systems

A brief produced by the Reproductive Health Supplies Coalition’s Systems Strengthening Working Group (SSWG). This brief lays out the key principles that governments can embrace to re-engineer their public health supplies systems to better serve their mandate to improve and save lives. The brief expands on the idea that governments must act as stewards who guide and govern functioning supply systems but must also embrace the diversity of supply chains and the players involved. Read the brief here: A Business Approach to Transforming Public Health Supply Systems

The Training Resource Package for Family Planning

USAID, WHO, and UNFPA would like to share a comprehensive set of materials designed to support up-to-date training on family planning and reproductive health. The package, called The Training Resource Package for Family Planning or TRP, is accessible at
The TRP was developed using evidence-based technical information from World Health Organization publications. It contains curriculum components and tools for designing, implementing and evaluating training. Materials are appropriate for pre-service and in-service training and for health workers of all levels in both the public and private sectors.
Current TRP modules cover:
  • Benefits of Family Planning
  • Family Planning Counseling
  • Combined Oral Contraceptives
  • Implants
  • IUDs
  • Male and Female Condoms
  • Lactational Amenorrhea Method (LAM)
  • WHO Guidance (Medical Eligibility Criteria for Contraceptive Use (MEC) & job aids, Selected
Practice Recommendations for Contraceptive Use (SPR) and Family Planning: A Global Handbook for Providers.

PSM Toolbox

In 2007, the WHO AIDS Medicines and Diagnostics Service (AMDS) created a platform to improve access through the internet to procurement and supply management (PSM) tools. WHO/AMDS in collaboration with the AMDS partner network developed it further. It has evolved into a database that lists available PSM tools and is presented in the form of a search engine to find and select PSM tools that are needed for a particular PSM technical area of interest to the professional. PSM toolbox


For an introductory course on procurement and supply chain for pharmaceuticals which includes F&Q, please consider accessing the PCSM from UNDP.

Toolkits and Guidance Documents


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