PAHO Team Wins Global Procurement Award for Digital Impact – PAHO/WHO

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Washington, DC, June 20, 2022 (OPS) – The Pan American Health Organization’s Procurement and Supply Management team has won the Global Procurement Award for Digital Impact for its deployment of new technologies, who have played an important role in the response to COVID-19 in the Americas.

The award noted that “the Pan American Health Organization has deployed cutting-edge robotic process automation technologies as it has played a key role in the global response to the Covid-19 outbreak.” Procurement has deployed two bots, named Max and Mia, that quickly fill out shipping notification documents and purchase orders, dramatically accelerating the organization’s ability to ship lifesaving medical supplies to those in need. and allows the team to focus on more strategic activities.

“This recognition inspires us to continue providing innovative and effective support to Member States,” said PAHO Procurement Director Daniel Rodriguez. “It also recognizes the organization’s ability to see challenges as opportunities, and the power of collaboration to achieve great things when we listen to countries, empower our teams and work together.”

PAHO has played a vital role in the response to the COVID-19 pandemic, using its revolving fund to provide over 140 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines and 22 million rapid COVID test kits -19.

The implementation of Mia and Max has enabled PAHO to respond effectively and quickly to the dramatic increase in demand for COVID 19 health supplies, while maintaining the supply of other vaccines, essential drugs and supplies. and strategic sanitary facilities over the past two years.

Robots are among several innovations currently being deployed by PAHO to advance the digitization process and more effectively deliver technical cooperation to its Member States.

A new Shipping Collaboration Portal allows vendors, PAHO staff, and national authorities in Member States to share product and shipment information in real time. This speeds up the customs clearance process and the provision of documents to national regulatory authorities.

This is the 15th year that the Procurement Leaders organization has highlighted the achievements of procurement professionals and teams around the world. This year, 360 sourcing showcases were decided by 37 independent industry experts through regional panels

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