Our partnership with UNICEF is supporting the global children’s charity to increase and accelerate procurement of COVID-19 medical supplies on behalf of low- and middle-income countries.
As one of the world’s largest volume procurers of medical products, UNICEF secures sustainable supply at lower prices. This means low- and middle-income countries that use UNICEF’s procurement mechanisms are less exposed to volatile prices and shortages of COVID-19 supplies.
In March 2021, we announced a one-year extension to our guarantee for UNICEF.
As the coronavirus pandemic took hold around the world, experts predicted that South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa would see more than 220 million COVID-19 infections. Healthcare workers in both regions reported acute shortages of medical supplies to treat patients as the pandemic spread.
Demand for COVID-19 medical supplies in low- and middle-income countries is expected to significantly outstrip supply during 2020. Countries whose health systems were already weaker before COVID-19 are bearing the brunt of supply shortages, making it more difficult for health workers to protect citizens.