The purpose of the Health Institute for Well-being (INSABI) is to ensure the free provision of health services, medicines and other associated suppliesfor people without social security.

It also promotes, in coordination with the Ministry of Health, actions aimed at achieving an adequate integration and articulation of the public institutionsof the National Health System.

INSABI works on the following four lines of work:

  • Supply of medicines and equipment, so that people without social security have free and high quality medicines, as well as an adequate supply; and that health establishments have the necessary equipment for health services.
  • Medical attention, enough health personnel.
  • Infrastructure, decent and efficient establishments.
  • Basification of personnel, labor justice for health workers.

INSABI consolidates the demand for medicines and medical aid supplies from the following institutions that joined the consolidated procurement process: INSABI, Mexican Social Security Institute (IMSS), Institute for Social Security and Services for State Workers (ISSSTE), Mexican Petroleum (PEMEX), Secretariat of National Defense (SEDENA), Secretariat of the Navy (SEMAR), Coordinating Commission of National Institutes of Health and High Specialty Hospitals (CCINSHAE), Organism for Prevention and Social Readaptation (PyRS), and for 26 Acceding States.



The United Nations General Assembly defines UNOPS as a central resource of the United Nations System for procurement and contract management, as well as for public works and infrastructure, including activities to build national capacities (Resolution 65/176).

UNOPS has a global presence in more than 80 countries, giving it access to international best practices and high-level professionals from around the world. In Latin America and the Caribbean it has operations in 23 countries.

Added Value that UNOPS brings to projects:

  • Promoting Fair Public Management through the implementation of the best national and international practices.
  • Impacting on public resources savings and on the quality in the management of public works and procurement, which allows citizens to have better access to public services.
  • Supporting in the implementation of reforms and organizational improvements of public institutions.
  • Contributing to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals and the 2030 Agenda.

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Regional Observatory for Medicines Prices

The UNOPS bidding mechanism includes an analysis of the national and international markets through a request for information from suppliers and a price-reasonableness analysis through the Regional Observatory for Medicines Prices, to ensure the largest supply, at the best price in the market, with the highest quality, while generating savings.

The Observatory provides immediate and objective information that allows comparing international prices from official sources from 21 countries, with the aim of establishing a fair market price range, helping to reduce the risk of corruption and fraud.

The Observatory promotes Fair Public Management, aiding in improving the efficiency of public spending, through transparent, efficient and quality procurement processes, encouraging social participation and accountability.

UNOPS governance

The UNOPS Governing Body is the Executive Board of UNDP/UNFPA/UNOPS, created in 1993 and whose members are elected annually by the United Nations Economic and Social Council from among 36 member countries, currently Mexico is one of those members.

The Board is in charge of supervising the activities of said organizations in accordance with the general normative guidance provided by the General Assembly and the Economic and Social Council, in accordance with the provisions of the United Nations Charter.

With an audit of more than eight Oversight and Internal and External Audit entities of the United Nations System, UNOPS has solid procedures to guarantee the proper management of public funds.

The Project for the procurement of medicines and medical aid supplies will seek to guarantee maximum transparency and accountability.