Health Partners International led the overall management of the first Medicines Transparency Alliance (MeTA) International Secretariat, funded by the Department for International Development (DFID) in the UK.
MeTA is a global initiative that aims to improve access to essential medicines by improving transparency and accountability in the selection, procurement, sale, distribution and use of medicines in developing countries.
The Secretariat supported seven MeTA pilot countries (Jordan, Kyrgyzstan, Ghana, the Philippines, Peru, Uganda, and Zambia) by facilitating their access to technical assistance and capacity building support; building local ownership at country level; providing support and guidance on the establishment and operation of national multi-stakeholder groups and secretariats; and managing the flow of finances to pilot countries.
The Secretariat managed MeTA communications, promoting knowledge sharing between MeTA stakeholders, facilitating discussion and dialogue between MeTA and related global level initiatives and strengthening the capacity of civil society to advocate for increased accountability and transparency.
MeTA was successfully established in five pilot countries (Ghana, Kyrgyzstan, Jordan, Peru, the Philippines), leading to significant government, private sector and civil society collaboration in regulating and improving access to genuine, affordable essential drugs. MeTA has continued and expanded since the end of the project in 2010.
Download the Foreward and the Summary of the Independent Evaluation of the Medicines Transparency Alliance (MeTA) for further information.