WASHINGTON, May 21, 2013
….The US$70 million Improving Maternal and Child Health through Integrated Social Services Project will increase access to and use of maternal and child health, nutrition and social services in at least three Departments: West, Northeast and Northwest. The project, which is co-financed by a US$20 million grant from the Multi-donor Trust Fund for Health Results Innovation, will benefit 1.8 million people, including pregnant women, children under five and vulnerable families.
Specifically, the project will:
- Provide 450,000 women access to free reproductive health services, including family planning, prenatal care, delivery services, and breast-feeding support.
- Provide more than 1 million people with preventive and basic curative services for cholera, diarrhea, tuberculosis, and other childhood diseases, as well as 180,000 children under five with immunizations and vitamin supplements.
- Support the Government of Haiti to set-up a mechanism for contracting existing health facilities to provide services at a quality standard of care.
- Provide support to the most vulnerable families in the project area through a network of community agents (Kore Fanmi), who will deliver basic nutrition and social services, and refer them to health and other service providers.
The second project approved today for US$20 million –Business Development and Investment Project– will foster economy-wide business environment reforms, in order to spur local and foreign private investment and job creation in light manufacturing, apparel, tourism and agribusiness, among others.
The project includes a plan to support the growth of micro, small and medium enterprises by simplifying procedures to obtain operational licenses and certifications, as well as improving access to finance and transparency in competition. The project will also improve the regulatory and institutional framework governing Integrated Economic Zones (IEZs), and assist the government in the preparation of feasibility studies for at least one new IEZ outside of Port-au-Prince.
By providing training and technical assistance, the project will build the capacity of micro, small and medium enterprises and help them increase production volume, standardize products, reduce costs and increase income through investment grants.