The Salud Mesoamérica Initiative is an innovative public-private partnership between the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Carlos Slim Health Institute (ICSS), the Government of Spain, and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) to reduce health equity gaps affecting the extreme poor according to priorities established by the countries in the region. This is a five-year Initiative scheduled for completion in 2015.

The Initiative supports the efforts of the Mesoamerican governments to achieve the health-related Millennium Development Goals through investments in projects with proven effectiveness for the poorest 20 percent of the population

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Carlos Slim Health Institute, and the Government of Spain are contributing US$142 million for the implementation of life-changing health solutions aimed mainly at poor children and women in the region. The US$142 million will finance projects in the areas of reproductive health, maternal and neonatal health, maternal and child nutrition, and immunization.

The IDB is the executing agency responsible for designing projects jointly with Ministries of Health which, in turn, allocate counterpart resources.

The Initiative will support information systems and human resources strengthening within health systems.

The Initiative works in close coordination with the Mesoamerican Public Health System (SMSP) and is a catalytic tool to achieve regional health goals established by the SMSP and the Council of Central American Health Ministers (COMISCA). A regional vision and alignment with country health agendas is critical to the Initiative’s success and its impact in vulnerable communities.

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