PAHO Member States agreed to a 0.75% increase in the charge assessed on the procurement of public health supplies that the Organization undertakes for the countries.
On 1 January 2011, a 0.5% increase went into effect to the 3.0% charge, but this was insufficient to defray administrative costs incurred by the the Pan American Sanitary Bureau in its procurement activities for the countries. Therefore, the Bureau proposed increasing this amount by 0.75% in order to close the gap of administrative, operating, and staffing costs. This raises the current charge assessed on the procurement of public health supplies from 3.5% to 4.25%, effective 1 January 2014.
Through reimbursable procurement on behalf of Member States, the Revolving Fund for Vaccine Procurement, and the Regional Revolving Fund for Strategic Public Health Supplies, PAHO, on behalf of Member States, has made significant contributions to public health in the Region of the Americas.