Sourcing & Management of Health Products

The Global Fund / Karin Schermbrucker

Overview

The Global Fund plays a leading role in global markets for medicines and technologies that prevent, diagnose and treat HIV, tuberculosis and malaria. Every year, roughly half of the Global Fund’s investments – about US$2 billion – is used to procure these key medicines and health products, ensuring they are available to those who need them most and accelerating the end of the epidemics.

The procurement and supply management of health products are fundamental to the performance of Global Fund-supported programs. Yet we face challenges such as stock-outs, quality issues and insufficient supply chains, which put lives at risk and endanger the investment and progress we have made against the three diseases.

Our approach to supplying critical medicines and health products focuses across the entire supply chain, from sourcing and procurement to distribution of medicines to patients. We are committed to ensuring that our partners managing Global Fund-financed programs achieve the best value for their investment and have the tools and information to:

  • Access optimal, quality-assured medicines and health products
  • Obtain the best prices and conditions available
  • Adequately plan and manage the selection, purchase, delivery, warehousing and distribution of products
  • Work effectively with partners to improve their supply chains

Because our work and our grants support public health efforts in countries and communities around the world, the collective purchasing power of our grants has an impact on the market for and price of many health products. To learn more about the role the Global Fund plays in global health markets and the procurement tools we leverage, see our Market Shaping Strategy, Procurement Tools and Health Product Procurement pages.


Policies and principles

To obtain the best value for money for goods and services purchased with Global Fund funds, we have several procurement and supply management principles, policies and strategies.

Implementers must follow our partnership’s policies when using grants to procure goods and services related to health products. There are also regulations concerning the procurement process itself, stringent regulations all products must meet and standards that suppliers must meet.

Our guide outlines the policies and principles that govern the procurement and supply management of health products financed by the Global Fund. The guide also describes in detail quality assurance requirements by category of health products according to our quality assurance policies:

  • Guide to Global Fund Policies on Procurement and Supply Management of Health Products
    download in English | Español | Français

Other policies and guides are available for download.