Launched Digital Annual Report 2019 - Sustainable Procurement in the Health Sector (SPHS)
6 July 2020
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The Digital Annual Report 2019 of the UN Interagency Task Team on Sustainable Procurement in the Health Sector (SPHS) has been launched. 

The digital report profiles the efforts of the SPHS Members - UNDP, UNEP, UNFPA, UNHCR, UNICEF, UNOPS, WHO, Gavi, The Global Fund, and Unitaid - to implement sustainable and ethical procurement policies that positively impact the global health supply chain and achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. 

New phenomena, such as climate change, are posing new threats and new risks to already heavy investments that countries have made,” said Achim Steiner, UNDP Administrator.
The COVID-19 pandemic and the global climate crisis is challenging the already overwhelmed health systems and undermine progress towards the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and universal health coverage. Without accelerated intervention, this era will come to define the health of the planet and people at every stage of their lives. 

As the United Nations celebrates its seventy-fifth anniversary, the SPHS members continue to change the world by providing wide-ranging benefits in the global health sector and prioritizing human and environmental health. 

In 2019, the SPHS Members: 

• Launched a joint plan to better support countries over the next 10 years to accelerate progress towards the health-related SDGs; 

• Saved over 30 million lives through partnerships; 

• Secured HIV Treatment for children for under US$ 1 a day; 

• Prequalified 1.1 billion male and female condoms and IUDs with a potential to protect 9 million couples against STIs, HIV and unintended pregnancies; 

• Delivered life-saving medical equipment to health care facilities throughout the most vulnerable countries; 

• Launched the world's largest vaccine drone delivery network to ensure vaccines reached everyone, wherever they are; 

• Fought high medical costs, poor infrastructure and high levels of perceived corruption in countries to deliver health care services; 

• Increased financing for sexual and reproductive health commodities and improved the contraceptive prevalence rate; 

• Implemented projects that aim at reducing the harm to people and the planet caused by the manufacture, use and disposal of medical products and by the implementation of health programmes; 

• Strengthened capacities in sustainable health procurement through various conferences, trainings and webinars to raise awareness on key environmental and social issues in the global health supply chains; 

• Partnered with governments to implement strategic plans to accelerate joint health and environment priorities. 

Explore and share the SPHS Digital Annual Report 2019 to become a part of the global action

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The SPHS acts as a driver for change towards more sustainable health systems and inclusive green and social economies. By leveraging the SPHS Members' normative mandate, joint procurement volumes and technical expertise, the SPHS is committed to lowering the environmental and social impact of our procurement, contributing to a more sustainable global health sector. 

For additional information, please contact Dr. Rosemary Kumwenda at 

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