Procurement of Health Products. An Operational Guideline for UNITAID Grantees - UNITAID
(2014; 12 pages)

The development of this guideline was supported by the US Agency for International Development (USAID)-funded Systems for Improved Access to Pharmaceuticals and Services (SIAPS) Program.


UNITAID is a global health initiative, established to provide sustainable, predictable, and additional funding to significantly impact market dynamics to reduce prices and increase the availability and supply of high-quality commodities for the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of HIV and AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis (TB), primarily for people living in low-resource settings.

The intent of this document is to provide clear guidance to grantees on the principles, norms, standards, and procedures that apply when UNITAID funds are used for procurement. Recognizing the importance of harmonizing UNITAID’s procurement approach with established international best practices, this guideline is the result of a comprehensive desk review of the procurement practices of other organizations including, but not limited to, the Global Fund, WHO, the World Bank, and UNICEF. Although this guideline broadly defines the required procurement approach, it is the grant agreement concluded between WHO (on behalf of UNITAID) and the grantees, including the project plan, budget, logical framework, and associated procurement strategy, that governs the legal relationship between UNITAID and grantees and establishes the terms of collaboration for a UNITAID-funded project. The guideline may be amended or updated from time to time at UNITAID’s sole discretion. Grantees are required to routinely check the UNITAID website for updates. Any amendment or update will be published on the UNITAID website at

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