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Supplies and Logistics


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INDIA: A woman who is HIV-positive, lies next to her newborn child in V.V. Hospital, in Bangalore. The HIV status of her newborn is not known.


There were approximately 36.9 million people living with HIV at the end of 2014 with 2.0 million people becoming newly infected with HIV in 2014 globally. In 2014, 73% of the estimated 1.5 million pregnant women living with HIV globally received effective antiretroviral drugs to avoid transmission to their children.  New HIV infections among children were reduced by 58% from 2000 to 2014.
32% of all children living with HIV were accessing treatment in 2014, up from 14% in 2010.  Supply Division has a dual role as part of UNICEF’s global efforts to fight HIV/AIDS: to procure quality medicines and diagnostics at the best price, and to share information related to this complex market with partners.

In 2015 UNICEF procured 10.5 million HIV rapid diagnostic tests. In 2015 5.63 million packs of antiretrovirals to treat 403,500 adults for one year of first-line therapy.

The organization also provided assistance, primarily through Procurement Services, in the procurement of antiretroviral medicines. In 2014, the value of ARV procurement undertaken by UNICEF, primarily on behalf of partners through its Procurement Services’ mechanism was about USD 163 million. UNICEF continues to seek more effective paediatric formulations, and offers 9 optimal products for infant prophylaxis and paediatric ART as per the 2015 IATT formulary.
Supply Division maintains a stockpile of certain HIV/AIDS-related products that can be airfreighted to any place in the world at any time to prevent interruption of ARV treatment in situations of unexpected stock outs.

Through its Procurement Services, UNICEF provides much needed support to governments, Non- Governmental organizations (NGOs), United Nations agencies, International Financial Institutions, philanthropic organizations, universities and other partners in their efforts to provide commodities to fight HIV/AIDS as well as other diseases.

UNICEF is a partner in the WHO - AIDS Medicines and Diagnostics Service (AMDS), a network for supply management of HIV commodities and brokers cooperation between technical partners, funding agencies, manufacturing companies and other organizations. The AMDS website provides forecasting information to manufacturers, and makes available to buyers information on sources, prices, the patent and regulatory status of quality medicines.

The Global Price Reporting Mechanism is a web-based price monitoring tool that screens and shares prices for ARVs, to help HIV/AIDS treatment programmes in countries compare and choose optimal pricing for procurement of HIV drugs. The AMDS Drug Regulatory Database provides information on the registration status of ARVs in a broad range of countries. For more information on the broad range of Procurement and Supply Management tools that are being used in the field of HIV/AIDS, please refer to the PSM toolbox. The PSM toolbox is a central repository for a wide range of health-related procurement & supply management tools, including contributions from UNICEF and other AMDS-partner organisations.





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