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Supplies and Logistics

UNITAID Initiatives

UNICEF to procure life-saving supplies on behalf of UNITAID

UNITAID is an international facility established in 2006 for the purchase of treatments and diagnostics for HIV/AIDS, Malaria and Tuberculosis. In 2007, UNITAID, UNICEF and other partners launched several joint initiatives to increase access to affordable quality medicines for HIV/AIDS and Malaria. Today an on-going initiative funded by UNITAID aims at accelerating the access to innovative Point of Care (POC) HIV Diagnostics.

Accelerate Access to Innovative Point of Care (POC) HIV Diagnostics: CD4, Early Infant Diagnosis, and Viral Load

Access to HIV prevention and treatment has improved significantly over the past years; nevertheless, major gaps remain between need and access to diagnostic tests in resource-limited settings.

A tri-partite Memorandum of Understanding was signed at the end of November 2012 between UNITAID, the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) and UNICEF. The joint initiative aims to address and support market shortcomings by accelerating access to innovative high-quality HIV Point of Care (POC) diagnostic products and overcoming obstacles to access and uptake for new diagnostics, in order to maximize the impact of these technologies on patient outcomes in 7 focus countries (Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania, Uganda and Zimbabwe).

CHAI-UNICEF Point of Care, Phase 2
In December 2013 the Board of UNITAID approved Phase 2 of the project, which is to be split in two stages: Phase 2 (a) with a total funding of USD 35,000,000 for a duration of 1.5 years and Phase 2 (b) for a duration of 2.5 years and funding subject to satisfactory performance. The complete details are available in UNITAID’s resolution, which can be found here.

For further information please visit the project webpage at the UNICEF Innovation Website.

Quality Assurance Policy for the Procurement of HIV Point-of-Care Technology under the UNITAID Grant

UNICEF developed a quality assurance policy document to guide in ensuring that HIV POC diagnostics are safe, effective, efficient and of good quality to minimize risks while promoting public health and safety. It will also simultaneously guide in standardizing procurement and its related processes within the organization. Through consistent implementation of this policy, maintenance of a good quality assurance system will be achieved ,evidenced by public trust and confidence on HIV POC technologies procured by UNICEF Supply Division.

Please find the QA Policy here.

CHAI-UNICEF Pre-Tender Industry Meeting

In an effort to make patient testing more accessible for the world’s poorest people, UNICEF convened on 20 March 2014 at UNICEF Supply Division, Copenhagen, some of the leading manufacturers of cutting-edge POC HIV diagnostic technologies to announce the launch of a tender exercise in April 2014 for the procurement of POC HIV technologies. UNICEF, CHAI, UNITAID and global health partners and governments, expect that the tender will help to create a healthier POC diagnostics market, foster innovation and expand the supplier base.

For further information please click on the following press release: “UNICEF and global health partners open market entry for innovative HIV Point of Care diagnostics”.

The meeting agenda can be found here.

The meeting presentations can be downloaded here.




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