Guyana to reduce maternal and infant mortality rates with IDB support

The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has approved an US$8 million loan for a program to help reduce maternal, perinatal and neonatal deaths in Guyana. This program seeks to improve the quality of care at 140 health facilities and in 88 communities, benefiting at least 140,000 women and 9,000 newborns per year.
Despite progress achieved during the last decade, Guyana continues to experience one of the highest maternal and infant mortality rates in Latin America and the Caribbean, with a maternal mortality rate estimated at 121 per 1,000 live births and an infant mortality rate at 22 per 1,000 live births.

Given that about 93 percent of deaths in children less than one year of age occurred in the neonatal period, the program will support and improve maternal and child health care with a focus on improving access to quality neonatal health services and providing a better path to and quality of reproductive and maternal health services.

This operation draws from the IDB’s experiences with the Mesoamerican Health Initiative and incorporates lessons learned on evidence-based biomedical and operational interventions. It will closely monitor results to ensure that those interventions can contribute to the success of the program.

The total cost of the project is US$8 million.

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