Office of the Inspector General

Audit of Procurement and Supply Chain During the COVID-19 Pandemic

06 December 2021

An audit by the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) finds that the Global Fund has taken appropriate steps to reduce COVID-19’s impact on procurement and to make sure that health products continue to be available for grant implementers. However, better quantification and forecasting are needed to improve delivery lead times and prevent delays. Performance reporting also needs to be revisited to ensure that the methodology used provides a more comprehensive picture of the cash savings made.

  • Procurement and Supply Chain during the COVID-19 pandemic (GF-OIG-21-016 - 6 December 2021)
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The main findings of the report are summarized below:

  • Improvements are needed in demand management, health commodity delivery lead times, and performance reporting;
  • Wide variations in purchase prices and the concentration of purchases among a few suppliers are increasing the possibility that the Global Fund’s market-shaping strategy goals are not being met;
  • There is limited visibility on stock levels within countries, but the Global Fund is currently revising its monitoring approach in order to have a more holistic view of countries’ supply chains.