|Ambulances procured by UNOPS on behalf of the Peruvian Ministry of Health. Photo: UNOPS/Jorge Mantilla|
Since 1992, the UNOPS office in Lima has provided project management and support services to help its partners achieve these development goals swiftly and cost-effectively.
UNOPS has helped implement over $2 billion of public investment throughout Peru, in line with international standards and in partnership with national bodies.
The UNOPS team of national and international experts works with the Government of Peru and its development partners, supporting projects that improve:
On behalf of the Ministry of Health, the national social security body (EsSalud) and a number of regional governments, UNOPS is implementing a wide range of health projects that are improving the lives of people in need.
UNOPS has procured over 20,000 items of medical equipment for dozens of hospitals and health centres across the country. This equipment ranges from high-tech machines for the detection and treatment of cancer, to operating tables and microscopes.
UNOPS also managed the procurement of 520 fully equipped ambulances to improve access to medical care in remote locations and ensure a quicker and more effective emergency response.
Due to its international procurement standards and Long Term Agreements with providers throughout the world, UNOPS achieved an average of 12% savings on these operations, according to Government statistics. This has allowed Peruvian authorities to reinvest over 40 million USD on other health projects to benefit their population.
On behalf of EsSalud, UNOPS managed the construction of six major hospitals, such as the Negreiros and Chiclayo Oeste hospitals and the renowned National Heart Institute (INCOR).
After the earthquake that partially destroyed Pisco in 2007, UNOPS assisted in the construction of the Maternal and Child Health Centre of Pisco for the Panamerican Health Organization (PAHO) with funding from the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID), benefitting some 60,000 people.
Access to basic services
Peru’s territory covers areas of desert, rainforest and the Andes mountain range, which can make it hard to ensure equal access to vital services and sustainable economic growth.
|A surveyor working on a rural road near the Huaca del Sol archaeological site in La Libertad, Peru. Photo: UNOPS/Aida Ariño-Fernández|
UNOPS works with regional governments to improve local and regional communications, education, water and sanitation.
For example on behalf of the Regional Government of La Libertad , UNOPS has built or refurbished 18 schools, 21 rural health centres, 6 water networks for communities traditionally dependent on water tanks, and over 15 regional roads to integrate the local economy with regional and national markets.
Through an international competitive procurement process, UNOPS helped the region of Tacna to procure a fleet of construction vehicles to upgrade road systems, saving $2.8 million in the process, according to Government statistics.
Environment and sustainable development
Peru is one of the world’s 17 ‘mega-diverse’ countries known for its biodiversity, rich flora and fauna, and inland and marine ecosystems. However, inadequate management and limited public awareness has resulted in deforestation and pollution.
UNOPS works for the integration of sustainability standards into the procurement processes and infrastructure projects it assists.
Through its regional partnership with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), UNOPS is also committed to providing a wide range of environmental support services to its partners in the country.
An international team of UNOPS and UNEP specialists have also developed a tool for the revision of Environmental Impact Assessments (EIAs) in the mining sector in Peru. This project was part of an agreement with the Peru Mining and Energy Ministry. The tool provides transparency, quality and predictability in order to benefit all stakeholders – civil society, private companies and the public sector - ensuring that economic growth does not conflict with sustainability and a healthy environment.
On behalf of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), UNOPS is supporting former coca growing farmers in the Peruvian rainforests. These projects help farmers re-enter society and earn sustainable incomes by providing training, tools and materials for the production of organic cocoa and coffee, as well as the plantation of palm trees and native tree species in deforested areas.
Justice, governance and public order
Access to justice and security is a great concern for the Peruvian Government and fundamental for ensuring the rule of law in a country that suffered significant human rights violations during the 1980’s and 1990’s.
|The High Court of the Peruvian district of La Libertad, part of an infrastructure project implemented by UNOPS on behalf of the Peruvian Judiciary and UNDP. Photo: UNOPS/Aida Ariño-Fernández|
As part of a national project for strengthening judicial administration and improving people’s access to justice, UNOPS has managed the construction or refurbishment of four Supreme Justice Courts in Lambayeque, La Libertad, Huánuco and Apurímac, as well as six other regional Justice Courts, benefitting over 1.2 million people.
UNOPS also assisted the Peruvian Ministry of Interior in the procurement of more than 1,700 police vehicles and 90,000 uniforms for the national police. In addition UNOPS managed the construction of three fire stations in Ucayali, Pasco and Cañete and has procured video surveillance equipment for the municipality of Piura.
In line with policies to promote sport and reduce the influence of gangs among young people, UNOPS refurbished five regional sports stadiums and built the Sullana Colliseum as well as three sports tracks for the National Sports Institute.
UNOPS also provided logistical support to the European Union Election Observation Mission to Peru, helping ensure due process during the 2011 presidential elections.