The prevalence of anemia in the Americas has been estimated at 29.3%. Ironically, in Uruguay, a country known for its high red meat consumption, the prevalence of anemia in children exceeds this average.
The IDB and the Mesoamerica Health Initiative 2015 are supporting the Salvadorian government to improve the use and quality of basic health services for millions of poor people—especially women and children under 5.
More than 200 million people in LAC are affected by the Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs). A program supported by the IDB fights these diseases combining low cost solutions whose effectiveness have been scientifically proven.
In the next five years, this public-private partnership aims at ensuring access to basic health services for more than 8 million poor women and children. Partners include the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Carlos Slim Health Institute, the Government of Spain and the IDB.
Early Childhood Development: Pilot of Parenting Interventions in the Caribbean
While Jamaica has conducted pathbreaking studies in early childhood development, there are no systematic evaluations on what type of programs work best for children up to age 3. For this reason, the generation of reliable and policy-relevant pilots and evaluations is a central topic for both the Caribbean and the IDB.