Mission and objectives
The Salud Mesoamérica Initiative is an innovative public/private partnership which seeks to reduce health equity gaps in Mesoamerica faced by those living in extreme poverty.
The Initiative’s goal is to back the efforts of Mesoamerican governments in reaching the health Millennium Development Goals through investments in projects with proven effectiveness for the poorest 20 percent of the population, mainly women and children under five years of age.
The Initiative will implement transformative solutions by expanding coverage as well as increasing the quality and use of the basic public health services in the areas of reproductive, maternal, neonatal and child health care, maternal and child nutrition, and immunization.
The Initiative’s Goals
After carrying out a health evaluation of the poorest population groups, each government in the Mesoamerican region committed itself to specific targets and indicators for malnutrition, vaccination, and maternal and infant mortality and morbidity. For Mesoamerica as a whole, the initiative’s goals are as follows:
- Reduce by 15 percent infant mortality among the poorest 20 percent of the region’s population.
- Provide health services to 260,000 poor children to reduce chronic malnutrition.
- Reduce by 15 percentage points the rate of anemia among children under two years in seven of the eight countries in the region (in Chiapas, 10%).
- Ensure that 90 percent of children under two years among the poorest 20 percent of the population complete their vaccination schedules.
- Increase by 50 percent births attended by skilled personnel, in order to reduce deaths of mothers and newborns.