Posts Tagged ‘Guatemala’

In an effort to improve the reproductive health, maternal and neonatal health, maternal and child nutrition and access/use of vaccines of the poorest 20% of Mesoamerica (which translates to 8 million people in Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala, Belize and the southern states of Mexico), the Gates Foundation, the Carlos Slim Health Institute, the Spanish government and the Inter-American Development Bank have formed an innovative public-private partnership–called Salud Mesoamerica 2015.

IDB (Inter-American Development Bank)

“…Salud Mesoamérica 2015 will work in partnership with the health ministries of Mesoamerican countries and in close coordination with the Mesoamerican Public Health System. This system is part of the regional integration platform known as Proyecto Mesoamérica.

In contrast to many other international programs, countries will not compete for resources under SM2015, because amounts will be allocated per country over a five-year period based on their poverty and health inequality status. Moreover, governments themselves will determine the projects that will be financed by the Initiative within the identified areas…”

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Inter Press Service News Agency (IPS)

In 2005, a family planning law was passed in Guatemala–and went into effect on Oct. 30th, 2009.
Mirna Montenegro, with the Observatory on Reproductive Health, highlighted for IPS the two key aspects of the new family planning law: a sex education curriculum for primary schools and the creation of a national commission on contraceptives. She went on to explain that it has been clearly demonstrated that as a result of family planning methods, “women have greater access to sources of income, and maternal and infant mortality are reduced.” José Roberto Luna, with Incide Joven, told IPS that the family planning law “is aimed at guaranteeing equal, universal access to family planning methods, because it has been demonstrated that there is unmet demand for birth control services.” While the passing of the law is seen by many as a victory in the fight against the country’s high maternal and infant mortality rates, the law still faces much opposition–mainly from the Catholic Church. It is unclear what impact this new law will have on access to services and ultimately on the reduction of mortality rates. See the full story here.

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