UNDP Guinea-Bissau has embarked on a project to construct a medical warehouse near the Cecome facilities in Bissau. The warehouse, which measures 55.5m x 30m, is being built inside the Hospital 03 de Agosto, located at Avenida dos Combatentes da Liberdade da Pátria, and covers an estimated land area of 1665m2. When completed, it would accomodate 1834 fully air conditioned pallet storage spaces together with 378 shelving locations that are all barcoded, and computerised with location management controls. The initiative aims to strengthen the Ministério da Saúde Pública, MINSAP’s (Ministry of Public Health), storage and distribution capability of quality medicines to final beneficiaries following international norms and best practices.
The construction of the warehouse is augmented with support and training of MINSAP's personnel on supply chain management, and central and peripheral inventory management. The project, which has the technical oversight of UN-Habitat, will also be leveraged to set up a practical exercise for the country’s construction standard (i.e. Building Code) improvement, related to the SDG nº 11 (sustainable cities and communities). The overall goal of the initiative is aligned to the United Nations mandate on achieving Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) nº 3 (Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages), in particular Target 3.3, which stipulates that by 2030, to put an end to the AIDS epidemic, tuberculosis, malaria and neglected tropical diseases, and to combat hepatitis, water-borne diseases and other communicable diseases.