Coronavirus: $8 Million Awarded to Drug Purchases

As a result of the Coronavirus emergency, the CABEI granted each of the Central American countries financial resources for the purchase of medicines and medical supplies.

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

The international organization reported that it granted non-reimbursable financial cooperation in the amount of up to $8,000,000 distributed in $1,000,000 to each Central American country, including Belize, to attend to the health emergency.

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The document reviews that "... Cooperation resources may be used for any of the following purposes:

-Purchase of medicines and medical supplies to attend to any health emergency that may arise in the countries.
-Purchase of food, drinking water and other goods of primary use required by the affected people.
-Financing of campaigns and actions related to the care of the emergency and the affected population.
-Funding for disease response and preparedness plans; funding for strengthening surveillance, preparing health services, preventing the spread of disease, and maintaining essential services.
-Others required for the care of the emergency and the affected population, with due justification.

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The new installations will carry out physical, chemical and microbiological analysis in order to ensure the safety of each product.

From a press release issued by the Government of El Salvador:

The Government of the Republic today inaugurated a modern laboratory for quality control of medicines,, considered by experts as one of the most modern in Central America and which will ensure the efficacy and safety of all medicines sold in the country.

Guatemala Wont Buy Medicines With the Region

July 2012

Guatemala did not participate in the final joint price negotiations and purchase of medicines at the regional level in the month of June.

Since 2008, Guatemala has not participated in any regional purchase of medicines, missing out on the opportunity to make savings by buying in bulk.

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