Comprehensive Actions in response to emergency due to COVID-19 in Guatemala

UNOPS, as the UN agency responsible for the procurement, infrastructure, and project management, provides technical support and capabilities to governments to address the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic. In Guatemala, it provides technical cooperation to Instituto Guatemalteco de Seguridad (IGSS) - Social Security, government partners and sister agencies of the United Nations system, to address the situation of public calamity declared by the National Government (Decrees from the Executive Branch and the Congress of the Republic dated March 2020), as well as their related expansions.

Emergency Procurement in support to IGSS

In support of the emergency response unfolded by the Government of Guatemala to address the COVID-19 pandemic, Instituto Guatemalteco de Seguridad Social (IGSS) through UNOPS procured:

75,000 tests for the detection of SARS-COV-2.

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For the detection of SARS-COV-2, with the related sampling supplies, transport means and laboratory commodities.

The tests began to be handed over to the Social Security in late May 2020. Similarly, UNOPS is being contributing with the Social Security in the procurement of 1.5 million units of Priority Surgical Medical Equipment, including:

Surgical gowns




In addition to priority medical devices in the context of COVID-19, including hospital imaging equipment, X-rays, beds, and clinical furniture. Additionally, 20 laboratory supplies items and 2,571 medical equipment and furniture have been procured by means of 35 long-term agreements (LTA) entered into with suppliers, benefiting 17 hospitals nationwide.

“UNOPS managed the donation of 70,000 real-time reactions or tests, destined to the Government of Guatemala for the detection of COVID-19. The tests come from the European Virus Archive (EVAg), a non-profit organization that distributes the tests that follow the protocol of the Institute of Medical Immunology of Charité University in Berlin, endorsed by the WHO for the confirmation of the virus.

The Guatemalan entities that participated in the coordination of the donation were the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MINEX), Centro de Gobierno - Government Center, Laboratorio Nacional de Salud - National Health Laboratory/Centro Nacional de Influenza - National Influenza Center -NIC of the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare - MSPAS; Superintendencia de Administración Tributaria - Tax Administration Bureau (SAT); Coordinadora Nacional para la Reducción de Desastres - National Coordinator for Disaster Reduction (CONRED); PAHO/WHO Office in Guatemala, the European Commission and Instituto Guatemalteco de Seguridad Social (IGSS), with the support of the UNOPS office in Guatemala.”

Strengthening of the national capabilities and response teams in face of the COVID-19

Within the framework of the health cluster led by the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MSPAS) and the national authorities responsible for responding to the national disaster caused by the coronavirus, UNOPS participates jointly with the group of international cooperating agencies and institutions in order to bring together joint efforts in the prevention, migration, and control actions of COVID-19 in Guatemala. It also integrates different UN interagency groups in the face of the pandemic.

Likewise, UNOPS provides assistance to IGSS in crisis mitigation and management actions, as well as in the continuation of actions scheduled by the Adquisición de Medicamentos y Fortalecimiento de Capacidades - Drug Procurement and Capacity Building (AMEDIGSS) project for the procurement of medicines, hospital supplies, the provision of hemodialysis services, among others, aimed at giving continuity to the provision of quality public health services to the holders of rights and the citizens.

“UNOPS currently provides procurement support in response to COVID-19 in several countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, and it is working with its partners to determine logistical, institutional, and legal requirements, including potential supply chain constraints and shortages.”

Emergency procurements with NGOs or other initiatives.

On the other hand, UNOPS has been procuring 82,900 items of Personal Protection Equipment for the Cities Alliance program, valued in US$50,000. PPE equipment includes:

Surgical gowns



The Cities Alliance initiative is a global program in the fight against urban poverty and the promotion of the role of cities. This program is managed by UNOPS. UNOPS calls, through the Emergency Procurement Process (EPP), result in Long Term Agreements (LTAs), representing a reliable source in the supply of those goods, helping to ensure the supply.


Objectives achieved in this project:

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