Procurement value (vaccines + auto-diable syringes + cold
chain equipment + vitamin A): $502.4 million
Immunization is essential to save children’s lives. While
every year more than two million children die from vaccine-preventable
diseases, immunization still protects nearly three-quarters of the
world’s children against major childhood illnesses.
The procurement of vaccines and related supplies remains the bulk
of UNICEF’s procurement activities. In 2005, the total value
of procurement for Immunization ‘Plus’ represented $502.4
million, with $439 million spent on vaccines, $53 million spent on
safe injection supplies and cold chain equipment, and $10.4 million
worth of vitamin A. The procurement of Oral Polio Vaccines (OPV)
reached a historical high in 2005 with 2.1 billion doses purchased
by Supply Division in support of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative
In 2005, UNICEF supplied 168 million doses of measles vaccines to
countries around the world, of which about 60 per cent were used
in campaigns pursuing the Measles Mortality Reduction strategy.
UNICEF continues to promote vaccine security by working closely
with manufacturers to ensure a reliable supply of vaccines and with
governments to assess their vaccine requirements.