Sourcing & Management of Health Products

The Global Fund / Karin Schermbrucker


Sourcing and management of medicines and health products is a critical component in the fight against AIDS, TB and malaria. Nearly half of Global Fund investment in health programs is used to procure and manage these products. In 2017, that amounted to about US$2 billion. Health product spend accounts for between 40-60 percent of money allocated to a country by the Global Fund.

Stock-outs, poor-quality medicines, insufficient supplies of medical products and a number of other challenges put lives at risk and endanger the progress we have made.

We are committed to ensuring that countries managing programs with Global Fund financing have the tools and information to:

  • Access health products that meet stringent quality requirements
  • Obtain the best prices and conditions available for medicines and health products
  • Adequately plan and manage the selection, purchase, delivery, warehousing and distribution of products
  • Work with partners to improve their supply chains

Procurement tools

US$175 million
million savings generated in 2018 by Pooled Procurement

The Global Fund plays a significant role in global markets for health products related to the three diseases in order to support countries in achieving the best value for their investment. The Pooled Procurement Mechanism maximizes purchasing power to negotiate favorable procurement pricing and delivery terms for the health products we finance.

Our innovative online purchasing platform,, provides access to negotiated pricing and key information for medicines and health products. Partners can search, select, and place their own orders for quality-assured products with total transparency.

To learn more about how these procurement tools are driving significant cost savings and benefits for partners, see our Sourcing and Procurement of Health Products and pages.

Health products management is not only about procurement, but encompasses the whole supply chain. As such, we are committed to:

  • Communicating treatment guidelines that determine what should be purchased
  • Ensuring that what is purchased meets stringent quality requirements
  • Making sure that goods are delivered, on time and in good condition, all the way to the patient