Canada working with Honduras to strengthen its public health services

With Canada's support, Honduras will build an effective integrated public health system

January 27, 2014 - Ottawa, Ontario - Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada

The Honourable Lynne Yelich, Minister of State (Foreign Affairs and Consular), today announced Canadian support for a more reliable and robust Honduran health system.

"Accurate health information is essential to identify health needs, plan health care delivery and measure results," said Minister Yelich. "Canada, under the leadership of Prime Minister Harper, is working with global partners to effectively plan and deliver their maternal, newborn, and child health services and to demonstrate measurable results."

Through Canada's support, the Government of Honduras will be better able to plan and allocate existing resources to those areas in which health care services are most needed. The integrated public health system, along with an innovative information and communication technology system, will improve health system governance by improving the government’s capacity to collect and analyze health data.

"In line with Canada's continued commitment to the health of mothers and children, the project will particularly concentrate its efforts on improving maternal and child health data collection," said Minister Yelich.

This project is another example of Canada's world leadership in maternal, newborn, and child health, and part of our commitments under the Canadian-led Muskoka Initiative, as well as the United Nations Commission on Information and Accountability for Women’s and Children’s Health (co-chaired by Prime Minister Stephen Harper). This project is part of a greater emphasis by Canada to allocate resources to vital statistics, health indicators, and innovation.

This announcement also supports Canada’s Strategy for Engagement in the Americas – a foreign policy priority since 2007 – with the vision of a more prosperous secure and democratic hemisphere. In particular, today's announcement will advance Canada’s commitment to strengthen institutions in the region and to improve the socioeconomic conditions and the protection of the rights of women, children, youth and other vulnerable groups. Canada remains committed to the Americas and to working with its partners to increase economic opportunity, strengthen security and institutions and foster lasting relationships. Since 2007, the Government of Canada has invested over $4 billion in total international assistance in the Americas.

Quick Facts

  • Canada's contribution is $16.5 million over five years.
  • The project will help collect vital information on health services, including immunization coverage, and the availability of health human resources, and will support better and more efficient planning and allocation of resources.

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