$100 Million Loan for Hospital Works

The IDB approved a $100 million loan for the construction of new health posts and hospitals in sectors with high rural and indigenous populations in Guatemala.

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

The funds will be used to finance the project, prioritizing actions in vulnerable departments, mainly in Huehuetenango and San Marcos, given the high prevalence of maternal and child health problems in such regions, reported the international agency.

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From the Inter-American Development Bank statement:

The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) approved a $100 million loan to Guatemala to improve health services to reduce maternal and neonatal morbidity and mortality in some of the country's most vulnerable areas. The project will implement a strategy of essential neonatal obstetric care aimed at improving the quality of care for mothers and babies. In support of the health services network, a nationwide emergency medical coordination system, blood supplies and digital information systems will be implemented. In addition, the infrastructure of the network will be improved through investments in works and equipment with the aim of increasing the quality of health care.

The project will prioritize actions in vulnerable departments, mainly in Huehuetenango and San Marcos, given the high prevalence of maternal and child health problems in these regions. Specifically, the construction of new health posts and hospitals in sectors with high rural and indigenous populations and the improvement of services in existing posts and hospitals will be supported. In addition, maternal-infant and family planning services will be improved, providing greater attention to the entire pregnancy cycle and to the newborn through Essential Obstetric and Neonatal Care services at all three levels of the network. Finally, the project will enable early identification and management of child development risks, such as nutritional deficit, lack of immunization and incidence of childhood prevalent diseases.

These investments seek to reduce maternal mortality in the prioritized departments from 137.2 deaths per 100,000 births to 110 and to reduce the infant mortality rate from 14.8 to 13.0 children per 100,000 births. In addition, it is expected to increase the coverage of timely prenatal care from the current 34.72% to 50% and the coverage of institutional delivery from the current 46.66% to 65% by the end of the project.

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