The country of El Salvador will spend $84Million to expand and upgrade its public health care system for its 7 million residents. The government of El Salvador is seeking to more effectively treat and manage the growing incidence of chronic diseases as well as infectious diseases and other types of illnesses related to poverty. Most of the expansion in the health care system will be in rural areas where approximately 40% of the population lives in poverty with limited access to preventive health care.
Upon completion of the project there will be more primary health care centers, more health care personnel and modern information systems to better serve patients. The program, known as “Comunidades Solidarias Urbanas”, seeks to reduce the mortality rate amongst the poorest in the country for years to come.