IDB Backs Maternal, Child Health Care Initiatives in Honduras

A woman tends to her child at a local clinic in Taulabé, Honduras. The Inter-American Development Bank is providing USD27.5 million to expand maternal and child health services in the Central American country. Photo by: U.S. Agency for International Development / CC BY U.S. Agency for International DevelopmentCC BY

The Inter-American Development Bank aims to improve the health of children and mothers in Honduras with a USD27.5 million loan for the expansion of maternal and child health services in the country.

The loan will finance a program designed to address chronic malnutrition in children and anemia in pregnant women in Honduras. The loan will also be used to support the process of finance health management decentralization in La Paz, Intibuca, Copan, Lempira, Gracias a Dios, Olancho, Ocotepeque, Santa Bárbara, and Cortés, according to a press release.

IDB also reassigned USD6.7 million from a previous financing commitment to Honduras’ health sector in support of the maternal and child health care initiative.

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