Bringing Lifesaving Medicines and Health Commodities to Sudan: UNDP & Ministry of Health Reach an Agreement to Enhance Treatment of Patients in Sudan

Mar 10, 2016

Khartoum, March 10th, 2016- The Federal Ministry of Health, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Ministry of International Cooperation have signed today an agreement on “Procurement Support to the Federal Ministry of Health in Sudan”  with a total budget of USD 60 Million for a duration of three years. 

This project comes as a major breakthrough in availing life-saving medicines and other health commodities to enhance the treatment of patients in Sudan. 

Emphasizing the government’s commitment to overcoming health and development challenges in Sudan, this project is the first cost sharing agreement signed between the Federal Ministry of Health and UNDP.  

The signing ceremony was attended by UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative Ms. Marta Reudas, the Minister of Health,  Bahr Idriss Abu Garda and Minister Of International Cooperation Kamal Al-Din Hassan Ali.

The project provides a strategic approach to strengthen the national public health procurement system and improve the effectiveness of diagnosis and treatment of patients through procuring of medicines, medical and laboratory equipment and consumables for  the National Medical Supplies Fund.  

Drawing on UNDP’s global expertise, the project is expected to assist in the transformational scaling up of national capacities and systems through the procurement of efficient, transparent and timely life-saving health commodities.

The project is related to the Sustainable Development Goal No.3 “Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages” and Sustainable Development Goal 17  “Partnerships for the Goals.”

The Sustainable Development Goals make a bold commitment to end the epidemics of AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria and other communicable diseases by 2030. The aim is to achieve universal health coverage, and provide access to safe and effective medicines and vaccines for all. Supporting research and development for vaccines is an essential part of this process as well as providing access to affordable medicines to all.

Furthermore, the project is aligned with the UNDP corporate Strategic Plan, and the UNDP Country Programme Document both aiming at strengthening institutions to progressively deliver universal access of basic services.

In Sudan, procurement of medicines and other health commodities for the public sector is challenged by lack of access to convertible currency and international banking transactions.

Since 2005, UNDP has assisted the Ministry of Health in the provision of  procurement support services. UNDP has a specialized procurement office and a specialized team working on the implementation of large projects financed by the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria – each with significant procurement expenditures.

A range set of interventions by UNDP have led to  the establishment of long-term agreements and improved procurement planning with countries and manufacturers, reductions in  transport and handling costs; increased competition between manufacturers through a broad supplier base; and essential support from partners including the Global Fund, UNICEF, and WHO.

Globally , UNDP is currently managing a portfolio of US$ 430 million per year in Global Fund grants across 24 countries, with an additional 26 countries covered by regional grants. In so doing, UNDP is delivering on Outcome 3 of our Strategic Plan to support countries strengthen institutions to deliver basic services, health being one of the most essential services for the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.

Building on the work of the UNDP-Global Fund partnership, an increasing number of governments and partners are requesting UNDP to help strengthen national capacities and systems for the provision of health services, specifically in the area of procurement and supply chain management of essential medicines and other health commodities. Since last year, the value of such support has already exceeded US$ 100 million.   

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For more information, please contact Ms. Yusra Salim, Team Coordinator UNDP Partnerships and Communication, yusra.salim@undp.org

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