88X—An International Response for the Sourcing and Procurement of PPE and Capital Equipment in Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic

Wednesday, March 30th

About the Session

The World Bank Group is a unique global partnership, with 189 member countries worldwide, that consists of five institutions working for sustainable solutions to reduce poverty and build shared prosperity in developing countries.

The COVID-19 pandemic affected supply chains worldwide, and the World Bank reached out to ECRI, a nonprofit formed more than 50 years ago with an international presence whose mission is to provide unbiased, evidence-based guidance and assistance in the healthcare arena. ECRI was approached very early on in the pandemic to assist the World Bank with the sourcing and procurement of medical supplies, including PPE and capital devices required to prevent and treat COVID-19 patients worldwide. At times ECRI dedicated 40 employees to assist the World Bank in the sourcing of equipment. Much of this equipment was manufactured and/or purchased from sources outside the U.S.

To date, World Bank member countries have purchased almost $500 million in medical equipment through the World Bank with the assistance of ECRI supply chain and technical experts.

This presentation will show how ECRI was able to source equipment from non-traditional suppliers to adequately meet the demands of the World Bank member countries in preventing and treating COVID-19.

Learning Objectives:

  • Discover international procurement techniques used during a pandemic crisis.
  • Develop strategies to work with NGOs to combat global poverty and improve health.


Presented By

John Williams

Senior Procurement Specialist
World Bank Group

Marc Schlessinger, FACHE

Senior Associate