Technical Assistance to Support the Design and Implementation of Interventions to Strengthen Reproductive, Maternal, and Neonatal Health in Guyana

Over the past two decades, Guyana’s health sector has made significant strides, with life expectancy increasing from 62 to 67 years since 1991, and Millennium Development Goal targets being met for nutrition, child health, and communicable diseases. Despite these achievements, Guyana continues to experience maternal and infant mortality rates that are amongst the highest in Latin America and the Caribbean. It is estimated in Guyana that 121 per 100,000 women die giving birth, while the infant mortality rate is estimated to be 26 per 1,000, compared to the regional average of 14.9.1,2

URC is working with the Guyanese Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) to provide Technical Assistance to Support the Design and Implementation of Interventions to Strengthen Reproductive, Maternal, and Neonatal Health. The agreement is part of an $8 million loan from the Inter-American Development Bank that was announced in 2016 to help reduce maternal, perinatal, and neonatal deaths in Guyana.

The 24-month pilot program is designed to benefit all levels of the health system: community, health facility, regional, and national, in three targeted regions. URC is supporting the MoPH Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Unit by developing and supporting implementation of a national quality of care strategy, an integrated health benefit package, a community health platform to increase timely access and use of reproductive, maternal, and neonatal care, and building clinical and improvement capacity in the pilot sites at all levels to implement these strategies.

URC will support and facilitate capacity strengthening in the MoPH for sustainability, especially the MCH Unit, along with other units including the Regional Health Service Department, Planning, Statistics, etc. that are linked to core RMNCH policy, regulatory, and programmatic functions at the national level. Likewise, the regional-level, local network of communities and health facilities of the three‐targeted regions will benefit from the different training packages and will be supported to strengthen supportive systems and improve quality of RMNCH care.

 


[1] PAHO Basic Indicators
[2] Estimates developed by the UN Inter-agency Group for Child Mortality Estimation (UNICEF, WHO, World Bank, UN DESA Population Division)

 

A newborn in Guyana.  © 2012 Barry Reinhart/WONDOOR Global Health Program, Courtesy of Photoshare
A newborn in Guyana. © Barry Reinhart/WONDOOR Global Health Program, Courtesy of Photoshare
Duration
2019 to 2021
Regions/ Countries