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Mexico to improve its neonatal health services with a $350 million IDB loan

Project to contribute for a reduction of 7 percent in Mexico’s neonatal and post-neonatal mortality rates

Mexico will improve its maternal, neonatal and post-neonatal health services with a loan of up to $350 million from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). The project is aimed at improving the health status of children under five without access to social security health services.

The project is expected to help reduce the country’s nationwide infant mortality by 7 percent from 12.9 to 12.0 (per 1,000 live births) by supporting high impact health interventions to ensure effective coverage of specialized, highly complex care for childbirth complications as well as training for mothers in the care of children in the first year of life.

The IDB loan will also provide technical assistance and training in order to strengthen the National Commission for Social Protection in Health (CNPSS). The objective of this component is to ensure health services funding are used to support health-insurance coverage for the vulnerable populations, homogenize the application of healthcare protocols in care delivery for the enrolled population, and assure quality of care.

The expansion of coverage is expected to help lower the neonatal mortality rate in births in currently uninsured families from 9.8 per 1,000 live births to 8.1.

The IDB loan comprises of a single payment due in 2023 and its interest rate is based on LIBOR. Local counterpart funds total $465 million.

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