UNOPS provides health infrastructure, procurement and fund management services in some of the world’s most challenging environments.

A health centre reconstructed by UNICEF in Kamburupitiya, Sri Lanka

We contribute to achieving Millennium Development Goals on child and maternal health and combating disease by helping our partners improve access to health care services and strengthen health systems. UNOPS approach to project management reduces risks, improves speed of implementation, and ensures quality and cost-effectiveness.

Services to health partners

UNOPS helps partners manage their supply chains to procure pharmaceuticals, medical equipment and ambulances. In partnership with the Chartered Institute of Purchasing & Supply, we also work directly with governments to boost public sector procurement capacity.

On behalf of our partners UNOPS improves health infrastructure by building and rehabilitating hospitals, clinics, blood banks, laboratories and medical warehousing facilities.

We also provide fiscal and grant oversight services, working with some of the world’s largest sources of health funding.

UNOPS health sector partners include:

Supply chain management

With extensive experience in health product procurement, Long-term Agreements (LTAs) with suppliers and significant buying power, UNOPS can ensure maximum cost-effectiveness and speed when buying medical supplies for partners.

Procurement of ambulances in Peru

UNOPS works with governments and global health agencies to define technical specifications and implement comprehensive quality control measures. By adhering to internationally recognized procurement standards UNOPS guarantees transparency and integrity in all transactions.

Examples of UNOPS work in supply chain management:

Health infrastructure

UNOPS is the leading United Nations entity for complex infrastructure projects in post-conflict settings, and supports projects in Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia, South Sudan and more. As a "central resource" in the UN system for infrastructure in all environments we can support health sector partners on a wide variety of construction projects. This mandate is reflected in decades of experience in construction, from maternity clinics in post-earthquake Haiti to an award-winning hospital in Peru.

Learn more about UNOPS support to the renowned ‘Instituto Nacional Cardiovascular’ (INCOR) hospital in Lima.

In 2010, we helped partners construct or rehabilitate 43 health clinics, 20 medical facilities such as newborn care units, and 9 hospitals.

Examples of UNOPS support to health infrastructure projects:

  • On behalf of UNICEF, World Vision and national governments, UNOPS designed, constructed and rehabilitated more than 100 health centres in countries affected by the Indian Ocean tsunami of December 2004. Learn more about UNOPS work in Sri Lanka and Indonesia.
  • On behalf of the World Bank, UNOPS assisted the Kurdistan Regional Government in Iraq in the design and construction of emergency coordination centres and blood banks in 2010.
  • On behalf of UNFPA, UNOPS rehabilitated hospitals and constructed maternity clinics in Haiti. Learn more about UNOPS and Physical Infrastructure

Managing health funds

As the Local Fund Agent for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria in 14 countries UNOPS provides independent oversight of grant implementation.

UNOPS is the Local Fund Agent for the Global Fund in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Bosnia & Herzegovina, China, Ethiopia, Kosovo, Maldives, North Korea, Pakistan, Serbia the FYR Macedonia and Turkmenistan. UNOPS is also Global Fund Principal Recipient in Myanmar.

Learn more about UNOPS work with the Global Fund.

UNOPS acts as fund manager for the Three Diseases Fund (3DF) in Myanmar, where it has administered $138 million over five years. The European Commission and the Governments of Australia, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and the United Kingdom contributed to this pooled fund. This programme provides a simple and transparent instrument to finance nationwide efforts to reduce the transmission of HIV and AIDS, TB and malaria, and enhance care and treatment through access to essential drugs and related services.

Learn more about UNOPS work in Myanmar.

Training and capacity development

In 2010, UNOPS helped train more than 80,000 people in various fields, including more than 14,000 in health-related fields.

Norway India Partnership Initiative, seeking a two-third reduction in global mortality rate of children under five

Examples of UNOPS support to health training initiatives:

  • Thousands of health personnel were trained in tuberculosis management and malaria control as part of the Three Diseases Fund in Myanmar.
  • In India, child health managers were trained as part of the Norway India Partnership Initiative (NIPI), a project which seeks a two-thirds reduction in the mortality rate of children under five. Learn more about UNOPS work with NIPI.