Sourcing & Management of Health Products

  • Overview

    Over the 2014-2016 period, the Global Fund will provide more than US$10 billion to countries for programs to combat the three diseases and help build health systems. Approximately half of that amount will go toward the procurement and management of health products. In 2013, that amounted to almost US$1.8 billion.

    The sourcing and management of everything from antiretrovirals (ARVs) to insecticide-treated nets is a critical component of the response to AIDS, TB and malaria. Stockouts, poor-quality medicines, an insufficient supply of medical products such as nets or laboratory supplies – these can put people’s lives at risk and endanger the response to AIDS, TB and malaria. Implementers must be able to:

    • Access health products that meet stringent quality requirements
    • Plan the selection, purchase, delivery, warehousing and distribution of products
    • Obtain the best prices and financing available
    • Work with partners to support countries in improving their supply chain

    We play a significant role in global markets for health products for these three diseases and we want to help countries get the most value for their investment. One way we are doing this is through our new online procurement platform, Wambo.org. This innovative e-marketplace allows implementers to search and compare pricing and availability across all suppliers, and will let suppliers reach a broader market.

    Another tool for maximizing the power of procurement is our Pooled Procurement Mechanism, through which we are able to negotiate favorable procurement terms for a portion of the health products we finance.

    Health products management encompasses the whole supply chain, from:

    • treatment guidelines that determine what should be purchased
    • to ensuring that what is purchased meets stringent quality requirement
    • to making sure that goods are delivered, on time and in good condition, right down to the last mile.

    Ensuring access to lifesaving health products is a cornerstone of the progress we have made and will continue to make in the fight against AIDS, TB and malaria