About the project
Since June 2016, the IGSS Board of Directors signed an agreement with UNOPS for the acquisition of medicines and medical supplies, as well as to strengthen the capacities of the Institute. The main objective is to introduce the necessary modifications within the entity to guarantee greater efficiency, transparency, and effectiveness in spending, with the final objective of guaranteeing the quality of services to the IGSS affiliated population.
The Acquisition of Medicines and Strengthening of the Guatemalan Social Security Institute Project (AMEDIGSS), is based on three strategies:
Procurement of medicines and medical supplies
Hiring services for the renal replacement therapy
Strengthening and modernizing the institutional management of IGSS.
In this way, IGSS, together with UNOPS, work to improve access to health care and make social security more efficient, prioritizing the following aspects:
AMEDIGSS works with the vision of ensuring the quality and sustainability of the investment. More than a transactional activity, it is about strengthening social security on:Quality
Quality, at the best price
Introducing changes that are sustainable over time.
According to the health care model of the institution and the country.
Interconnectivity of the system.
IGSS, through UNOPS, expands its services, now providing:
Automated peritoneal dialysis
Continuous slow renal replacement therapies
With the guarantee that the contracts made through AMEDIGSS are carried out with an integral service approach and with high international standards.
Numbers reached by AMEDIGSS since 2016
Children received cochlear implants
Renal patients received quality care
Renal care centers with high international standards throughout the country
million units of high-quality medicines, with which we contribute to the supply of the units medical
More than 1000 processes training for transfer from Capacities to the IGSS
Find out more about how we do our work at AMEDIGSS:
Our work at AMEDIGSS
Acquisition of medicines
Since 2016, AMEDIGSS has carried out the bidding processes under the Fair and Equitable Public Management approach. To guarantee the value of the money, it incorporated the
Modality of Electronic Reverse Auction, the establishment of Long-Term Agreements (LTA), the reasonableness of prices and the improvement of quality standards, among others.
The project evaluates and verifies the quality and safety of medicines and medical supplies acquired under processes that include controls, sampling, analysis methods, and strict compliance with locally and internationally established protocols and requirements.
More companies, suppliers and the pharmaceutical sector are participating in the bidding processes, increasing savings to the Institute, consolidating, and positioning Social Security as an influential buyer in the national and international market.
Results in acquisitions as of dicember 2022
Total tender events
Total suppliers hired
Total Contracts and LTA’s Managed
Total codes for drugs, supplies and hired services
High-quality renal treatments
In Cobán, Amadeo receives hemodialysis.
These are services that follow high international standards of quality and transparency acquired through transparent and efficient tenders, for the implementation of infrastructure and state-of-the-art technology throughout the country, incorporating qualified health personnel from a comprehensive vision of patient care. with end-stage chronic kidney disease.
The quality of renal therapy services provided by the IGSS through AMEDIGSS contracts was based on a new comprehensive service approach to innovate the following areas in the 29 treatment centers:
Complementary healthcare services
AMEDIGSS provided renal treatment services through 4 implementation phases:
The UNOPS-IGSS agreement supported the IGSS Panchoy Hemodialysis Clinic in Antigua Guatemala, demonstrating that it is possible to provide quality and warm services, following international standards and improving patient outcomes.
UNOPS together with Guatemala's Social Security provided Peritoneal Dialysis services in its 8 centers distributed in Guatemala City and 5 regions of the country (Petén, Zacapa, Alta Verapaz, Quetzaltenango, Jutiapa, Escuintla, Suchitepéquez and Guatemala City). The strategy was able to bring the treatments and their supervision closer to the patients' homes and support their care network. This decentralized scheme is a model in the region and managed to expand the offer of treatment modalities, incorporating the option of automated peritoneal dialysis by cycler for the first time in the country.
With the support of UNOPS, IGSS upgraded its critical care services by incorporating high-quality, state-of-the-art technology in 7 main hospitals, including training its staff to provide quality service in a standardized manner. Continuous Slow Therapy (CRRT) for special use in severe patients with vascular instability was incorporated for the first time in the country, available in 3 hospitals in the metropolitan area.
In the span of 1 year (March 2021 to March 2022), the IGSS with the support of UNOPS implemented 13 chronic outpatient hemodialysis centers in different regions of the country (Retalhuleu, Suchitepéquez, Guatemala City -zones 9,12 and 1-, Escuintla, Santa Rosa, Quetzaltenango, Mixco, Villa Nueva, Izabal, Zacapa and Cobán) to improve patients' access to treatment and reduce transfers. These centers meet high standards of technological and building development, with professional health personnel trained for comprehensive care for kidney patients.
1. Medical specialists, dialysis technicians, psychologists and nutritionists trained and in quantity according to international standards.
2. High quality equipment.
3. Adequate training and fully available to provide any clear information related to treatment.
Since 2021, UNOPS has conducted a quarterly satisfaction perception survey of services provided to patients, who respond voluntarily through a mixed questionnaire evaluating five different dimensions of satisfaction of dialysis services and care, during the third quarter of the year. The results of satisfaction are greater than 95%.
Since 2016, the IGSS, through the AMEDIGSS project, has adopted new processes that have allowed to strengthen the:
Supply chain management
Acquisition of medicines
Hiring services for renal replacement therapy
In addition, IGSS strengthens the way it manages its institutional strategy, addressing business process improvements, data management, and the culture of service, enabling its transformation towards Institutional Excellence. This not only continues to contribute to more consolidated, reasonable, transparent, and fair acquisitions, but also to ensure that affiliates and beneficiaries receive warm, quality services.
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