Sourcing & Management of Health Products

Information for Suppliers

Global Fund grant recipients can choose to procure health program-related medicines and commodities in a several ways:

  • By joining the Global Fund’s Pooled Procurement Mechanism or wambo.org
  • By commissioning a procurement services agency to purchase on their behalf
  • Directly through their own procurement services

On behalf of our implementing partners, the Global Fund negotiates favorable procurement terms for medicines and health products that implementers will be sourcing through our Pooled Procurement Mechanism. The mechanism procurements are conducted either by the Global Fund directly or through a procurement services agent we commission. Tenders are posted on our Business Opportunities page. We encourage potential suppliers to visit this page regularly.

In some instances, implementing partners may choose to commission a procurement services agent for the purchase of goods and supplies. Interested suppliers should contact these agents to find out about potential opportunities.

In some cases, implementing partners (either a Global Fund Principal Recipient or a sub-recipient) will carry out their own procurement following their country’s national guidelines. These procurements may happen through a tender process or some items may be purchased directly through wambo.org.

Local production: Engaging Africa-based suppliers

The Global Fund supports local production of health commodities in Africa and encourages manufacturers on the African continent to join the pool of qualified suppliers.

In collaboration with the Federation of African Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Associations (FAPMA) and other technical partners, the Global Fund held a consultative meeting in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in June 2017 with several Africa-based pharmaceutical manufacturers.

Dr. Christoph Benn, the Global Fund’s Director of External Relations, presented our strategy through a video message and explained the importance and advantages of local production. Selected meeting presentations are available on our update page. Ugandan manufacturer QCIL showcased an exciting joint venture with a major Indian manufacturer, CIPLA. They presented their experience as a growing Global Fund supplier across multiple countries:

  • CiplaQCIL Presentation
    download in English

More meetings with FAPMA, other technical partners and local manufacturers are planned. Visit our Updates page for more information about upcoming meetings.

Getting started

The Global Fund does not maintain a list of preselected suppliers with whom implementing partners may work. Suppliers who wish to provide goods and supplies to countries supported by the Global Fund should:

  1. Review the Global Fund Procurement Policy
  2. Familiarize themselves with the quality assurance requirements applicable to specific products
  3. Register for Price & Quality Reporting to see what grants have already purchased
  4. Visit wambo.org, our online procurement marketplace, and contact to see if they qualify to participate in the platform
  5. Read our Code of Conduct for Suppliers as well as our Procurement Regulations

Links to these documents and more information are available below.