The Global Contraceptive Commodity Programme (GCCP) was established by the Executive Board decision 95/36 . It provides essential stocks of contraceptives, including condoms inventory of which is currently managed through the AccessRH system, and reproductive health kits for urgent and emergency requests for contraceptives and humanitarian intervention in developing countries. The necessity to arrange contraceptive stock holdings resulted from the often-lengthy lead times for commonly requested contraceptive products for the international public sector. The ready availability of stocks is therefore required to avert potential disruptions to national contraceptive provision programmes and the need to rely on costly utilization of airfreight to the designated recipient.

The programme’s long-term objective is to contribute to the overall strengthening of reproductive health programmes by improving mechanisms and modalities for addressing unmet needs for contraceptives, increasing choice and ensuring quality in meeting the needs of individuals. Moreover, the programme aims to ensure that national capacity-building, particularly in terms of contraceptive forecasting and logistics management, is promoted and strengthened through such inputs as technical training and technical advisory services, and by improving warehousing, stock-keeping, transport and management information systems.

How it works

UNFPA's Procurement unit has been supplying contraceptives under the GCCP programme to various countries since 1996. UNFPA is working with suppliers who are keeping stocks of reproductive health commodities at their premises free of charge to UNFPA.

The procurement of stock supplies for the GCCP is financed through a "revolving fund", which is managed by UNFPA Procurement Services Branch as a trust fund. UNFPA's contribution to the fund amounts to US$ 5.0 million. The fund may be supplemented by donations from Governments and/or funding agencies with the agreement of the Executive Director.


The main commodities currently kept in stock under the GCCP are the Emergency Reproductive Health Kits. The ERH Kits have been developed to allow comprehensive reproductive health services to be offered for people in emergency situations, e.g. temporary displacement due to natural disaster or war. The kits are divided into three categories.

Block 1 consists of six sub-kits for the support of a population of 10,000 people for three months. Block 2 consists of five sub-kits with supplies for 30,000 people for three months. The Block 3 kits are to be used at the referral/surgical obstetric level and compose of two kits sufficient to support 150,000 people for three months. The kits contain, among others, commodities for management of the complications of abortions, safe delivery, STDs, suture and cervical and vaginal tears and blood transfusion.

  How to place an order for ERH kits

In case there is a need to place an order for procurement of Emergency RH Kits from stock it is important to consult the Manual on the Inter-Agency for Reproductive Health Kits for Crisis Situations in order to get the appropriate information on the components of the kits, the quantities that should be ordered as well as on the dimensions of the ready-packed kits for transportation and warehousing information.

If the decision for procurement has been finalized and the funding has been identified, the client should duly complete Part I of the ERH Kits Form which can be found below or under the Resources section on this page. There are 2 ERH Kits forms: one is to be used by our UNFPA internal clients and the other one is for the use of the external clients. The ERH Kits form also contains the most updated information on the prices of the ERH Kits. The completed form should be sent to the attention of the UNFPA PSB Emergency Team for further perusal. Based on the information received in the Part I of the ERH Kits form, the Emergency Team will provide the country office or the external client with a full quotation, including freight and insurance costs and the 5% handling fee. If the Country Office is in agreement with the quotation and confirms its approval for arranging the dispatch of the kits, the Emergency Team will authorize the supplier to ship the kits to the consignee destination. In the case of external clients, they will have to confirm their agreement with the provided quotation by reverting with a signed copy of the ERH Kits form under Part III. Also, an external client will transfer the full amount as per the quotation before Emergency Team can authorize the supplier to dispatch the kits.

For any additional information regarding ordering of Emergency RH Kits, the country office shall contact the Emergency Procurement Team via email.