1. ocus on health equity for those living in extreme poverty.
    Our health interventions are designed for the poorest 20 percent of the population, mainly women and children under five years of age.
  2. Country ownership and alignment with national and regional policies.
    Countries determine the public health projects to be funded jointly with the IDB. Moreover, the Initiative coordinates its actions with national and regional policies and public health systems.
  3. Impact and results-based focus.
    Funding is provided for health projects with proven effectiveness, and our funding model is based on results, meaning a portion is conditional on reaching a predetermined coverage level or other goals associated with the quality of the service. These results are also focused on time as the Initiative concludes in 2015.
  4. Performance measurement and evaluation.
    Performance is measured using health information systems and household surveys to determine coverage and establish performance-related benchmarks.
  5. Transparency and accountability.
    All the relevant information on the Initiative and projects will be available to the public through the Website and information tools.
  6. Additionality.
    To assure the sustainability of investments, the financing granted to the implementing agencies cannot replace national financing. The Initiative will catalyze efficiency though the reallocation of funds to cost effective priorities and improve alignment and mobilization of funds.
  7. Coordination with regional agencies.
    The Initiative works in close coordination with the Mesoamerican Public Health System (SMSP) and the Council of Central American Ministers (COMISCA).
Carlos Slim
Health Institute
international cooperation
Bill & Melinda Gates
Development Bank
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