16/04/2024

Increasing access to health products for children and families

Strong national health supply chains are life-saving, critical foundations of child and family wellbeing, helping to ensure that all children and their families can be treated in the best way possible, at the right time and in the right place. They enable public welfare systems to function well and are a driving force toward achievement of the…, At UNICEF we work with governments and partners to strengthen national supply chains, focusing on people, operations and processes, policy and regulatory frameworks, and financing and resource mobilization. We are the leading agency globally for procurement and delivery of comprehensive primary health care for children, their families and their…, Overcoming logistical obstacles, UNICEF works with partners to drive evidence-informed supply chain management decision-making capacity to ensure higher levels of equitable access to health products and services. Expert in bolstering coordination, increasing financial and human resources, and leveraging on data-driven insights, UNICEF can overcome logistical hurdles and maximize…, U NIC EF/U N05 4802 9/G RARU P Increasing access to health products for children and familiesAn investment opportunity for the private and public sectors U NIC EF/U N04 9880 6/LA XM I-PR ASA D-N GA KHU SI 3AN INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITY FOR THE PRIVATE AND PUBLIC SECTORS The opportunity At UNICEF, we are humbled by the impact that our work has on…
23/02/2024

“It's like in the movies, but this is not a movie. This is reality. This is our lives.”

Amidst the sounds of war, Olga and her nine-year-old daughter Leona faced the heart-wrenching decision to flee their home in Kyiv. With each passing day, the threat of being cut off from the world loomed larger, as nearby areas lost electricity and essential services. "We have to leave our homes, our relatives, our friends, and go to other…, Access to the essentials , Over six million Ukrainian children are in need of humanitarian assistance, both inside Ukraine and in other countries to which they have fled, many of whom are deprived of basic necessities and living under the constant threat of violence. One of the most urgent needs is access to Water and sanitation supplies safe water, sanitation and hygiene (…, Relying on traditional supplies was not enough , UNICEF typically procures individual WASH items such as soap, buckets, water purification tablets, detergent and sanitary pads from multiple suppliers globally on a “best value for money” principle. These goods are then delivered to our network of global supply hubs where they are packed and stored as kits, ready to be delivered to children in…, Fast-track contracts, “With the disruptions and delays we saw, it was obvious that relying on our traditional suppliers in China and India would not get WASH kits to Ukrainian children quickly enough,” says Aurelia Gasca, WASH Contracts Manager at UNICEF Supply Division. Sourcing supplies from Türkiye and Bulgaria meant they could be transported overland, avoiding…, Delivering the goods, Working closely with teams on the ground, UNICEF developed WASH kits customized for different vulnerable groups. Distribution is prioritized for the worst-hit areas of Eastern Ukraine. For mothers and children fleeing their homes, UNICEF provides hygiene kits for people on the move. Containing just the essentials like soap, sanitary pads and…, Responding to rapidly changing realities , In 2023, over 163,000 of various types of kits have reached more than 932,000 people across Ukraine. The year before, in 2022, supplies were distributed to at least 866,120 people in Ukraine affected and displaced by the war. “While the crisis continues, flexibility and responsiveness will be key,” Gasca emphasizes. “By working hand-in-hand with…
07/02/2024

Traceability and Verification System (TRVST)

Counterfeit and falsified medicines are estimated to cause the death of 169,000 children under 5 every year. This shocking situation is driven by a US$30 billion per year counterfeit and falsified medicines industry in low- and middle-income countries. In response, UNICEF and partners have developed the Traceability and Verification System (TRVST…, Risk of additional harm, As the distribution of COVID-19 vaccines ramped up worldwide, so did the production of counterfeit and falsified vaccines and related supplies. Today, it is estimated that one in ten medical products in low- and middle-income countries are counterfeit or falsified. For the individual child, not only do counterfeit medicines often fail to treat the…, How TRVST works, TRVST relies on a global repository that stores health product information, such as Global Trade Item, serial and batch numbers, as well as production and expiry dates. This data is fed into TRVST by medical product manufacturers. Using a GS1 barcoding technology TRVST allows users – such as health care workers, regulatory authorities and customs…, Benefits of TRVST, The success of the TRVST is contingent on participation by governments as well as on engagement by manufacturers to serialize their products in emerging markets and register them in the global repository. As vaccine manufacturers and Strengthening national supply chains national supply chain and regulatory systems begin to automatically integrate…, Expanding TRVST, While COVID-19 vaccines were the first products covered by TRVST, it has since been expanded to include childhood vaccines, HIV and tuberculosis treatments, reproductive health supplies, anti-malarial items, and a range of essential medicines. By end-2023, nearly ten manufacturers were registering their products in TRVST which includes over 125…
30/08/2022

First serialized vaccine scan in Africa marks milestone in tackling falsified medical products

UNICEF and partners have announced a milestone moment in efforts to tackle the global counterfeit medicines industry as Rwanda and Nigeria became the first countries in Africa to authenticate vaccines using GS1 barcoding technology. The news was announced at the launch of the Traceability and Verification System (TRVST), a new collaboratively…, Quality-assured vaccines and risks, “Substandard and falsified products are a growing global issue, posing major health, social and economic risks. They endanger the lives of those that we are mandated to protect,” said Etleva Kadilli, Director of UNICEF Supply Division. “UNICEF is proud to be at the forefront of global efforts, along with partners, to ensure higher levels of…, TRVST rollout in Africa, In July 2022, the TRVST was launched in Nigeria and Rwanda with the first GS1 scans marking a milestone in patient safety against counterfeit and substandard medicines. COVID-19 vaccines were the first products used in the TRVST. The TRVST started with COVID-19 vaccine data to ensure patient safety and address the urgent risk of falsified or…, Improving efficiency in sharing data, “The TRVST is an important addition to the national health supply chain and health information system investments to improve efficiency in sharing data across the chain, strengthen data quality, extend data visibility, and reduce costs of data capture and transformation,” said Dr. Emile Bienvenu, Director General of the Rwanda Food and Drug…