Since June 2016, the IGSS Board of Directors requested UNOPS technical assistance to improve the quality and transparency of the procurement processes of medicines and medical-surgical material managed by the Institute through the strengthening of procurement capabilities, optimizing levels of care, processes, and management, until achieving world-class standards through the AMEDIGSS project.

Phase IV: Decentralization of Hemodialysis Services

As part of the process of innovation, improvement and rapprochement of renal care services to their beneficiaries, the IGSS is currently beginning the implementation of Phase IV of the Decentralization Process of Chronic Ambulatory Hemodialysis Services (HCA)


Hemodialysis centers implemented


Open Centers


Benefited Patients

The new IGSS Chronic Ambulatory Hemodialysis (HCA) services will be provided through 13 care centers located in six regions of the country. Of these, five (5) are located in the interior of the country, while one (1) corresponds to the department of Guatemala. Of the total of 13 HCA centers of the IGSS, seven (7) are already existing centers and six (6) new centers to care for renal patients, generating improvements in the quality of life of patients and their families.

The technical requirements of the contracted services were reviewed, improved and adjusted to international quality standards. Patient care began to be conceived from a comprehensive perspective that involves, in addition to high-quality supplies and devices, state-of-the-art equipment and comfortable and welcoming physical facilities; highly specialized medical and technical personnel, including home visits and psychological, nutritional and social worker support for the patient and her family.

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The project has generated significant savings for Guatemala. Achieved:


Tenders that were held

UNOPS has been benefited through fair and transparent purchases:

Procurement of medicines

Electronic Reverse Auction

Surgical Medical Material

Cochlear implants

Hemodialysis and dialysis


Millions of Guatemalans benefited


Millions in savings


Millions of doses of procured medicines


Types of medicines


One thousand executed operations


Medical units


Objectives achieved in this project:

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