|© UNICEF/NYHQ2002-0243/Thierry Geenen|
|Amidst a crowd of children and other health workers, a woman deposits an auto-disable syringe into one of several safety boxes for the disposal of used syringes, at an outdoor immunization site at the health centre in the village of Loruk, some 20 km north of the town of Marigat in the province of Rift Valley.|
In 1999, with the goal of preventing the transfer of blood-borne diseases, the World Health Organization (WHO), UNICEF and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) developed a policy on injection safety. This was designed to sensitise the market to a shift toward safer injection devices with the goal of phasing out the use of non-AD syringes and syringe sterilisation by 2003. UNICEF has fully endorsed and implemented the use of AD Syringes in immunization services. In addition, UNICEF also bases its supply on a bundling policy.
The principle of this is that for every dose of injectable vaccine, sufficient numbers of AD syringes, reconstitution syringes and safety boxes must be ensured. In line with the UNICEF commitment to transparency around the procurement of essential supplies, please find below current AD Syringe and Safety Box prices. UNICEF exclusively procures AD Syringes and Safety Boxes that are WHO pre-qualified and meet Performance, Quality and Safety (PQS) standards. The data below covers the current Long-Term Arrangement calendar period.
For more information on the UNICEF Supply Commitment to Transparency, click here.