Salud Mesoamerica 2015

The Initiative’s goal is to reduce health inequities affecting the poorest 20 percent of the population in Central America and Southern Mexico.

Salud Mesoamerica 2015

Launched in 2010, Salud Mesoamérica 2015 (SM2015) is a five-year initiative that targets millions of poor people, with a focus on women and children who have limited access to inexpensive health interventions of proven efficacy. The initiative will cover eight countries of the Mesoamerican region (Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, and the State of Chiapas in Mexico). In the coming years this partnership seeks to reduce by an average of 15 percent the infant mortality among the poorest 20 percent of the region’s poorest population; provide health services for some 260,000 children to reduce chronic malnutrition; and increase by 50 percent of births attended by skilled personnel, in order to reduce deaths of mothers and newborns, among others issues.

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Health Institute of the Carlos Slim Foundation, and the Government of Spain through AECID are each contributing $50 million. The Inter-American Development Bank is the executing agency responsible for working with region’s governments to prepare, implement and monitor projects funded by the initiative, and to commission independent evaluations. The IDB will also manage the combined $150 million contribution of the donors.


  • Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (B&MGF)

    United States | Staff size: 1001-5000
    Guided by the belief that every life has equal value, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation works to help all people lead healthy, productive...
  • Carlos Slim Health Institute (ICSS)

    Mexico | Staff size: 6-25

    The Carlos Slim Health Institute (ICSS) was established in 2007 through the initiative of Carlos Slim Helú to develop and fund programs that participate in solving the main health...

  • Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)

    Funding Agencies
    United States | Staff size: 1001-5000

    Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) supports efforts by Latin America and the Caribbean countries to reduce poverty and inequality. They aim to bring about development in a sustainable,...

  • Agencia Española de Cooperación Internacional para el Desarrollo (AECID) - Spain

    Funding Agencies
    Spain | Staff size: 501-1000

    The Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECI) , is a legal entity under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation through the Secretary of State for International...

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Key Information

LocationLatin America and Caribbean, Panama, Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua
  • Start Date 2010
  • End Date 2015
  • ValueUSD 150 Million