COVID-19

Personal Protective Equipment Procurement

Personal protective equipment is a critical component of a country’s effective emergency response to COVID-19. Principal Recipients with current Global Fund grants and approved COVID-19 funding through reprogramming or savings or the COVID-19 Response Mechanism can access quality-assured health products – including personal protective equipment – through wambo.org, the Global Fund’s procurement tool.

Principal Recipients are strongly encouraged to procure personal protective equipment, consistent with World Health Organization guidance, using wambo.org but can continue using local channels under certain conditions described below, after consultations with Global Fund Country Teams.

Read more:

  • Letter to Principal Recipients (July 2020)
    download in English | Français | Español
  • Frequently Asked Questions: COVID-19 Key Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Product Catalogue
    download in English

Lead times

Currently, if Principal Recipients and Global Fund requisition approvals are done within as fast as one week, the lead time for key personal protective equipment products is currently estimated to be one to three months by air and approximately three to five months by sea freight, from receipt of request to delivery in country. Countries with complex importation approvals or lengthy greenlight processes should add additional time. Principal Recipients should consider a mix of air and sea freight to optimize speed and freight cost.

Principal Recipients can browse the catalogue of currently available core personal protective equipment products in wambo.org. The most up-to-date lead time information can be found in:

  • Category and Product-Level Procurement and Delivery Planning Guide: Indicative Lead Times
    download in Français | English

The Global Fund encourages Principal Recipients to place orders as early as possible to avoid disruption in supply. Ongoing freight and logistics challenges during COVID-19 are resulting in substantial delays and cost increases.

For Principal Recipients using wambo.org

Principal Recipients are strongly encouraged to use wambo.org but can continue procuring personal protective equipment through local channels if:

  1. they have received prior written approval from the Global Fund,
  2. an open, competitive and transparent process is followed, and
  3. Global Fund guidelines and policies for lead times, value for money and reliability for delivery of products of the same specification are maintained.

Principal Recipients should include personal product equipment products in their COVID-19 Response Mechanism funding requests. Principal Recipients currently procuring through the Pooled Procurement Mechanism can use approved grant or COVID-19 Response Mechanism funds to purchase these products directly through wambo.org using the normal process.

For Principal Recipients currently not using wambo.org

Principal Recipients not currently participating in the Global Fund’s Pooled Procurement Mechanism will need to complete the necessary on-boarding forms to begin procuring through wambo.org and should reach out to , copying their Country Team, to begin the on-boarding process.