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Ministry of Health receives three vehicles from IDB Print E-mail
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Thursday, 17 March 2016 00:00

The Salud Mesoamerica 2015 Initiative which is an innovative public/private partnership funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the Carlos Slim Institute for Health and the Government of Spain handed over three new 2016 Ford Ranger Pick-Up trucks to the Ministry of  Health’s Maternal and Child Health program.  The three vehicles have a total estimated value of $120,000 and will be used to aid with outreach activities for preventive interventions at the community level geared at improving maternal health and reducing child mortality. The vehicles will be distributed to the Western and Northern Health Regions for immediate use.

The SM 2015 Initiative seeks to reduce health inequity gaps in the Mesoamerican region faced primarily by those living in extreme poverty. The current project is being implemented in the Northern and Western Health Regions with a focus on Maternal and Child Health Services and it is in its second operational phase which started in July 2015 and which will end in June of 2017.  The Initiative will invest approximately $600,000 during these 18 months and will target twenty health facilities in the Western and Northern health regions covering primarily Family Planning, post-natal care, child growth and development and the management of diarrhea in children.

The Ministry of Health will continue to work with both national and international partners in its ongoing efforts to improve the overall healthcare system for all.