19 March 2020
The Global Fund continues to work closely with our technical partners, especially the Stop TB Partnership's Global Drug Facility and our procurement service agents, as the global response to the COVID-19 pandemic evolves.
Our goal is to continue to process requisitions efficiently and effectively, and work with our freight providers to ensure products are delivered as close to the promised dates as possible. We are assessing the manufacturing and logistics situation and sharing regular updates to provide clarity on the supply security situation for products and freight/logistics.
This page contains a summary of letters sent to Global Fund Principal Recipients.
Letters to Principal Recipients
19 March 2020
Starting on 19 March, we have taken the following measures to reduce manufacturing and supply chain pressures to be able to optimize supply for all Principal Recipients in the context of a rapidly changing situation:
Should the supply or logistics situation significantly worsen, Principal Recipients should accommodate greater flexibilities, such as reducing remaining shelf life requirements, accepting later deliveries for some quantities or to consider using alternative WHO-recommended products if there are supply shortages. Please consider these potential adjustments when planning future procurements and discuss alternate options with relevant in-country stakeholders.
Track and trace tools
Principal Recipients should use available track-and-trace tools to monitor the progress of specific orders. Extra collaboration is necessary as we foresee changes to delivery schedules and freight providers. Please discuss exercising flexibilities with regards to producing required documentation under expedited timelines with the pertinent in-country stakeholders and national regulatory authorities. We appreciate your support in providing timely feedback on approval of expiry dates, greenlighting shipments and obtaining necessary waivers. We have already seen increased freight costs.
The Global Fund, the Stop TB Partnership and procurement service agents will reach out to implementing partners to proactively take measures to minimize impact on deliveries where delays of more than 30 days are expected.
Contact your Global Fund Principal Recipient Services focal point, the Stop TB Partnership and your procurement service agents for further information and discuss with your Global Fund Country Team as necessary.