Efficiency behind the scenes: Management and Operations
Supplies: The bedrock of service delivery
UNICEF continued to procure vaccines for 40 per cent of children in developing countries, and procured antiretroviral medicines for 42 countries. It remained the largest buyer of mosquito nets in the world, as well as the largest buyer of oral rehydration salts for developing countries. In 2005, UNICEF sent out educational supplies to help 9 million children go back to school.
Of UNICEF’s top supplier countries, 9 out of the top 20 are countries where UNICEF supports programmes for children. In fact, nearly half of UNICEF’s global procurement is done in developing countries.
In the area of UN reforms, UNICEF and other UN agencies have made significant progress in collaborating on procurement. Nearly 70 per cent of UNICEF’s procurement is done with inter-agency collaboration.