STATEMENT FROM UNICEF REGARDING PROCUREMENT OF COVID-19 MEDICAL EQUIPMENT FOR THE MINISTRY OF HEALTH AND INDIGENOUS MEDICAL SERVICES FUNDED BY THE WORLD BANK.
3 MAY 2020
As a partner of the Government of Sri Lanka, UNICEF is working to support the Government’s response to COVID-19. This support includes utilizing UNICEF’s global expertise to help procure essential medical items.
On 3rd April 2020 UNICEF received a formal request from the Ministry of Health and Indigenous Medical Services (MoH), seeking support to procure a list of surgical consumables, medical consumables and medical equipment including 300 air purifiers/ sterilizers. This procurement will be funded through the World Bank supported COVID-19 Emergency Response and Health Systems Preparedness Project.
In response, and following UNICEF global procurement guidelines, UNICEF undertook a competitive bidding process. In this respect, on the 14th of April, 2020 UNICEF invited bids from local suppliers, while also checking the availability and pricing of these items with UNICEF’s Global Supply Division based in Copenhagen, Denmark. All suppliers were requested to submit technical and financial bids by the 17th of April 2020. On the 24th ofApril, 2020 UNICEF shared the submitted technical responses with the MoH for their formal technical evaluation, enabling them to check that all items complied to MoH specifications as identified by their in-house technical experts. Only after the technical evaluation is completed by the MoH, will the financial costs be determined. This is the standard procedure for procurement of this type.
Over the past decade UNICEF has supported multiple procurements with the Government of Sri Lanka including the purchase of vaccines, micronutrients, cold-chain equipment and other lifesaving items for the benefit of children and vulnerable people in Sri Lanka. In all it’s procurement UNICEF follows global procurement guidelines and best practice to ensure effectiveness, fairness, transparency and integrity.
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