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Supplies and Logistics

UNICEF and The Global Fund collaborate with industry and partners on procurement of mosquito nets

20 August 2013, Copenhagen – UNICEF and The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (The Global Fund), in collaboration with the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and the US President's Malaria Initiative (PMI),  brought together the world’s 13 Long Lasting Insecticidal Net (LLIN) suppliers and 10 international partners to plan for the largest ever globally coordinated procurement of mosquito nets.

One of the biggest challenges in ensuring stability in the LLIN market is knowing when budgets will be converted into funds, especially for the procurement of large quantities of nets. In recent years, the LLIN industry has been faced with periods of over- and under-demand, and programme implementers have had difficulties in relying on timely delivery lead times. In Copenhagen, for the first time since the introduction of LLINs, the industry was presented with a consolidated forecast, developed with inputs from five global partners - based on real plans to procure 190 million LLINs by the end of 2014. This amount of nets would equate to between 9,000 and 10,000 containers delivered to over 50 countries in an 18 months period.

This commitment from partners to collaborate on procurement will not only impact on supply. Collaboration at the country level will also help achieve and sustain universal coverage in all malaria endemic countries - by ensuring demand and facilitating timely delivery and distribution.

Industry has welcomed that continued collaboration with global partners on accurate long and short term planning of demand for LLINs will facilitate sustained access and the optimisation of production capacity. The further collaboration between industry and partners will then provide stability for the LLIN market environment.

UNICEF, The Global Fund and partners are also working closer with LLIN suppliers to achieve sustained access to affordable products of assured quality, not just at the procurement stage, but over the entire supply chain. The collaboration thus also opens new avenues for communication on further product development and innovation – to address emerging challenges such as insecticide resistance.

For the agenda, participants list and presentations of the above meeting click here.



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