Procurement value (malaria-related supplies + medical equipment
+ nutrition + basic pharmaceutical products + water and sanitation):
UNICEF strives to ensure that children get the best start in life
through appropriate child and maternal health, nutrition, water and
sanitation, hygiene and recreation opportunities.
Supply Division has been actively engaged in the global Roll Back
Malaria (RBM) partnership since its launch in 1998 and the supply
of mosquito nets and insecticides to sub-Saharan
countries has been one of the Division’s priorities in recent
years. 17 million nets were procured in 2005 for a value of $73 million.
The procurement of long-lasting insecticidal nets now constitutes
over 70 per cent of UNICEF’s bednet procurement.
In 2005, Supply Division procured $10.5 million worth of antimalarials,
including $8.5 million worth of ACTs. This represented over nine
million ACT treatments, procured primarily for countries in Africa.
In 2005 UNICEF procured $34 million worth nutritional supplies,
from therapeutic food for
malnourished children to scales and cooking kits. The procurement
of micronutrient products significantly increased to reach $23 million.
In 2005, UNICEF procured $28 million worth of basic pharmaceutical
products. The products in highest demand, based on value, have been
vitamin A, antihelminths such as albendazole and mebendazole, iron
and folic acid tablets, and injectable and oral anti-infectives.
The global procurement of water and sanitation items increased significantly
in 2005 reaching $78 million. This trend can be explained by an increase
in emergency procurement.