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GOB to Receive $300,000 for Health Sector

Reporter: News Staff, July 26th. 2018 -

This week the Government of Belize received a commitment of US$150,000 in project funding for completing its targets under the second phase of the Salud Mesoamerica Health Initiative project, which is overseen by the Inter-american Development Bank.

The Ministry of Health got the funding for increasing access to quality health services for the most vulnerable women and children in Belize by 20 percent over the past four years.

The first phase of the project ran from 2011-2014, and the second from 2015-2017. During the second operation of the SMI, the MOH had targeted intervention for the Cayo, Corozal and Orange Walk districts, providing over 30,000 children under the age of 5 and women of reproductive age, with quality health care and services.

The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) preformed the assessment for phase 2 of the project, and found that Belize has been able to meet targets in the timeliness, coverage, and quality of health services for women and children in indicators such as prenatal care, institutional delivery, postpartum care, and vaccination for children ages 0 to 2 years.

The IHME evaluated 20 health facilities and surveyed over 400 women to find that the quality of health services being offered had improved substantially.

“After verifying that Belize not only met but surpassed the initiative’s results-based targets, the country will be awarded US$150,000 dollars, which the Ministry of Health can invest in any health project it considers of interest or priority,” the Ministry said.

The ministry shared several points of its successful campaign, including the fact that there was an increase in the number of women who choose to use family planning methods after childbirth, growing from 7 percent in 2013 to 90.3% in 2017.

The second phase of the project was funded by a series of entities including the IDB, government of Belize, and a group of donors comprised of the Carlos Slim Foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Government of Spain.

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