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Honduras to improve public health care with $50 million loan from IDB

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras — Honduras will improve the efficiency of public spending in the health care system and the development of its legal, regulatory and operational framework with the help of a $50 million loan from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).

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One of the goals of the project is to strengthen the system’s decentralized management model by expanding health care coverage, offering broader services in areas including those for expectant mothers, delivery-room care, postpartum needs and new-born babies.

The reform financed by the IDB will benefit more than 70 percent of the country’s population, since the network run by the Health Secretariat covers 60 percent and the Honduran Social Security Institute another 17 percent.

The municipalities that will take priority as coverage with the decentralized model spreads will include communities in which so-called Vida Mejor (Better Life) vouchers are distributed so as to ensure joint responsibility in conditional monetary transfers for the purpose of providing health care.