The Project for Improvement of the Health Supply Center (CEASS)

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In 2003, the Bolivian government established a national pharmaceutical supply system with a pharmaceutical supply center as the implementing agency to ensure a stable supply of essential medicines covered by the maternal and child health insurance system to public health facilities throughout the country. The Pharmaceutical Supply Center uses a private-sector general-purpose warehouse, but because the warehouse is insufficient in terms of storage capacity for the volume handled, most of the pharmaceuticals are piled up on the floor and dust is blown around the warehouse, making it impossible to conduct proper storage management. Since there were no cold storage facilities, they had to borrow cold storage facilities from the Ministry of Health and Sports for items that required cold storage, which was a major hindrance to their operations. The facilities of the regional centers across the country were also deteriorating rapidly, and some of them were not equipped with refrigerators, making it impossible to properly store the products. In response to this situation, Japan was requested to provide grant aid for the construction of a central center and the procurement of equipment for the storage and transport of pharmaceuticals.

Facilities: Storage, shipping/receiving area, blister area, office, hall, cafeteria, kitchen, lavatory, guard room, electricity room
Equipment: Forklifts, racks, pallets, refrigerators, delivery vehicles, blister machines, hand lifts

  • LOCATION         Bolivia
  • COMPLETION        2006
  • DUTIES           Basic design, Detail design, Supervision