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Guatemala: Access to Health in Rural Areas

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By Andrés Martínez, Director of the EHAS Foundation and member of the Innovation and Technology for Development Centre (itdUPM)

The department of Alta Verazpaz in Guatemala has a population of close to 1.2 million, of which 78% live in rural areas and 89% belong to indigenous communities (mostly Q’eqchi’, but Poqomchi' as well). In this department only one third of births are attended by healthcare personnel and two thirds of children are affected by chronic malnutrition. This, along with the difficulty of accessing the healthcare system and other cultural factors, leads to maternal and child mortality rates in the region being amongst the highest in Latin America, with an estimated 268 women dying for every 100,000 live births and a mortality rate of 1 out of 50 for children under 5 years old.

Investment in integrated health services model leads to better health for nearly 50,000 people

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By Lara Diaconu, vice president of Health Services Fund, Global Partnerships and IDB investee

Nearly two years ago, the IDB-MIF Access to Basic Services unit approved a three-year grant to Global Partnerships (GP) to help improve “access to quality health services for low-income women in Latin America.” The grant’s specific objective was “to develop and expand sustainable business models providing health services through microfinance institutions in Nicaragua, Honduras, Ecuador and Haiti.” 

El Panorama de los microseguros en América Latina y el Caribe

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El panorama de los microseguros en América Latina y el Caribe se presentó la semana pasada durante el Forito sobre microseguros, evento paralelo a la edición XV de FOROMIC, el cual tuvo lugar en Bridgetown, Barbados. Este estudio fue comisionado por el FOMIN, con apoyo de Citi Foundation y Munich Re Foundation; y fue llevado a cabo por el Microinsurance Centre. Los resultados de este estudio panorámico se usarán como línea de base y punto de referencia para el mejoramiento de la estrategia de microseguros del FOMIN. 

Preparado por Michael J. McCord, presidente de MicroInsurance Centre. 

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