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Sunday November 6, 2011

Bolivia Sets Out to Reduce Infant & Maternal Mortality

Bolivia Sets Out to Reduce Infant & Maternal Mortality

Photo: Bolivia to Tackle Infant Mortality

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The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has approved a $35 million loan to Bolivia for a program to reduce infant and maternal mortality by improving the health services network in the department of Potosí.

The program, which will benefit more of 788,000 people, will help the Ministry of Health and Sport to meet Objectives Three and Four of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals. The Bolivian government will contribute $7.27 million to the program to ensure the sustainability of its investments.

Located in southwest Bolivia, Potosí is one of the country’s poorest departments. The majority of the population is indigenous and rural. Rates of maternal and child mortality in the department are among the highest in the country and in Latin America.

The program will improve the promotion and adequate use of health services and will strengthen the referral system.

Another priority is to improve infrastructure and equipment for Potosí´s departmental health network by constructing and equipping the Madre Obrera Hospital in the city of Llallagua, which will provide quality care to the local rural population. In addition, two top-level health centers will be built, 50 health centers will be renovated, 25 will be expanded, and 200 will be provided with equipment.