Salud Mesoamérica Initiative

Project Overview

The Salud Mesoamérica Initiative is a public-private partnership that seeks to reduce health equity gaps faced by those living in extreme poverty in Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama.

The initiative improves coverage, quality, and use of basic public health services in the areas of reproductive, maternal, neonatal and child health care, nutrition, and immunization. MSH provides technical assistance to the governments of Belize, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Chiapas, Mexico, to reach the countries' targets for reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health.

MSH's technical assistance has helped countries with a broad range of health challenges. In Chiapas, Mexico, MSH is helping to standardize the delivery of supplies and care equitably across the region. In Belize, MSH works with the country's ministry of health to draft quality improvement and community participation strategies, which aim to improve maternal and child health care in rural areas. MSH's technical assistance in El Salvador helps to preserve the systems put in place by the change of national leadership of the 1990s. In Honduras, MSH has introduced and reinforced clinical best practices in order to reduce maternal and infant mortality in community hospitals. And in Nicaragua, MSH has helped implement several family planning strategies especially targeting adolescent women.

The initiative is financed by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Carlos Slim Foundation for Health, and the government of Spain, and is administered by the Inter-American Development Bank.