Improved Health for Women, Children and Marginalized Populations

Reporting Organization:PAHO - Pan American Health Organization
Total Budget ($CAD):$ 18,000,000
Timeframe: March 24, 2011 - March 22, 2013
Status: Completion
Contact Information: Unspecified

Partner & Funder Profiles

Reporting Organization

PAHO - Pan American Health Organization

Participating Organizations

Funders (Total Budget Contribution)

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Region - Total Budget Allocation

South America - $ 10,499,400.00 (58.33%)

Central America - $ 7,500,600.00 (41.67%)

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Areas of Focus

Health - Total Budget Allocation

Primary Health Care (100 %)

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The project aims to help reduce the mortality and morbidity rates of women, newborns, children, and vulnerable populations in select Latin American and Caribbean countries. It is designed to strengthen basic primary healthcare systems and service delivery, as well as increase protection from communicable diseases. It specifically focuses on three components: (1) strengthening health service delivery through encouraging integrated and comprehensive services with national health authorities, local and district-level public healthcare institutions, as well as communities and community health networks; (2) implementing health information systems through technical cooperation and training for national health authorities to develop and strengthen the collection of health information, including through surveillance systems and databases; and (3) improving leadership, financing, monitoring and evaluation of national health plans and policies aimed at advancing universal access to basic primary healthcare services. The project prioritizes country-level activities in 11 Latin American and Caribbean countries where maternal newborn and child health (MNCH) needs and gaps are greater. It is expected that other countries in the region also benefit from the project’s lessons learned. The expected intermediate outcomes for this project include: (i) strengthened health systems based on the Pan American Health Organization’s (PAHO) Basic Primary Health Care Strategy in the region prioritizing women, children and excluded populations, and (ii) increased efficiency and effectiveness of PAHO in carrying out its technical cooperation mandate.

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Target Population

Gender and age: Unspecified
Total Direct Population: Unspecified
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Results & Indicators

Expected Results


Achieved Results

Results achieved as of March 2013 include: (i) 638 health professionals in Nicaragua, Paraguay and Peru were trained in the clinical management of neglected diseases: In Paraguay, rural health workers were trained in order to expand their ability to diagnose and treat leprosy, one of the most debilitating and stigma generating neglected tropical diseases. In Peru’s isolated Amazon region, laboratory technicians and community health workers of the Ministry of Health learned to diagnose and treat intestinal worms, which parasites are responsible for stunting the growth of children, limiting their cognitive development and causing them to miss school. In Nicaragua, health workers from throughout the country were trained to improve their diagnosis and treatment of patients with Chagas disease, a wide-spread insect-transmitted infection which causes physical incapacitation, cardiac damage, and premature death if not treated early on; (ii) In Honduras, 100 health professionals were trained to better manage maternal and child health and are applying their newly learned skills; (iii) In Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Honduras and Paraguay, 132 health professionals were trained to detect and monitor unusual public health events and potential disease outbreaks; (iv) 18 early warning units for disease outbreak were established in Bolivia, Colombia, Honduras and Paraguay.

These results are contributing to improving the ability of health services to deliver effective and quality care to women, children and vulnerable populations who are often excluded from health care.


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Associated Projects (If applicable)

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