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UNOPS and Honduras strengthen partnership to advance healthcare

UNOPS will procure much-needed medicines and medical supplies for the Honduran Social Security Institute (IHSS) throughout 2022, thanks to a new $59 million agreement.

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  • This article was originally published on 7 December 2021.

Project updates

19 July 2023:

  • As of June 2023, UNOPS has contracted $46.5 million to purchase medicines and surgical medical supplies.

  • 250 types of medical supplies and 298 types of medicines have been distributed to 44 health centers across the country.

  • To date, the ongoing partnership with IHSS has benefitted more than 1.8 million people in Honduras.

“This new agreement consolidates the efforts we have made together with IHSS and will continue to help benefit thousands of people across Honduras," said Martín Arévalo, UNOPS Country Director in Honduras.

UNOPS will carry out the procurement of medicines and supplies across the IHSS network of health services centres, as well as provide contract management and logistical support during the distribution. 

Working from the foundation that effective public spending can empower institutions, UNOPS will also help optimize the Institute's supply chain and provide market intelligence and medicine price analysis to ensure IHSS receives greater value for its money. The project will help develop transparent, efficient and sustainable processes that include gender, diversity and inclusion elements.

From 2014 to date, IHSS has achieved millions of savings in the procurement of medicines and medical supplies, thanks to UNOPS technical support.

Vilma Morales - Presidential Commissioner of the IHSS Audit Board

Since 2014, UNOPS and IHSS have signed eight agreements – totaling $270 million – to help strengthen its supply chain, and supply medicine, medical equipment, hemodialysis services and ambulances. This new agreement will procure the largest variety of medicines to date.

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