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The wellbeing of women in developing countries will receive a boost following a deal between the World Bank and the United Nations to simplify procurement of sexual health supplies.
Under the arrangement, World Bank borrowers can purchase reproductive health supplies directly from the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) without needing to use World Bank-specific ordering, invoicing and payment systems.
Orders will instead be placed with the UNFPA, which receives the funds directly to commence procurement. The new arrangement cuts red tape, saving time and money, and helps governments access quality and competitively-priced sexual health products.
Christopher Browne, chief procurement officer at the World Bank, said: “This is an important step in facilitating achievement of health and development outcomes.”