The aim of this manual is to provide support for the procurement of safe,
effective, quality-assured artemisinin-based antimalarial medicines that meet stringent, internationally
agreed quality standards. These standards are reflected in the harmonized quality criteria for
these medicines agreed between the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GFATM),
UNICEF, UNITAID, the United States President’s Malaria Initiative, the World Bank and
WHO, subject to their adoption as part of their respective procurement policies.
The target audience for this manual includes programme managers, procurement
officers, health officers and supply chain managers in the public and private sectors who are
responsible for procuring and distributing artemisinin-based antimalarial medicines (including
artemisinin-based combination therapies and artemisinin-based suppositories and injectables).
This manual summarizes simple, practical information from publications related
to the quality of medicines that are readily accessible only to specialized procurement agencies...