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  • $102.9 million has been allotted to support the country's pursuit of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) relating to the reduction of maternal and child mortality.
  • This will be carried out under the Reduction of Maternal and Child Mortality (PROMAC) with funding from the Government of Jamaica and the European Union
  • The initiative is slated to run until March 2017.

As the country strives to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) relating to the reduction of maternal and child mortality, a total of $102.9 million has been allotted to support this undertaking in the 2014/15 Estimates of Expenditure.

This will be carried out under the Reduction of Maternal and Child Mortality (PROMAC) in Jamaica programme, which began in April, 2013 and is being implemented by the Ministry of Health, with funding from the Government of Jamaica and the European Union

The objectives are to: reduce the incidence of neonatal death due to lack of access to high dependency care; reduce the incidence of maternal deaths due to lack of access to emergency obstetrics care; and improve the quality of management of high risk pregnancies at both tertiary and primary health care level.

It also seeks to improve the population health seeking behaviour regarding maternal and child health; enhance public awareness and understanding of health care processes and patients’ rights; and strengthen the institutional capacity of the Ministry of Health and Regional Health Authorities (RHAs).

The allocation for this year, will go towards, preparing designs for civil works at hospitals, health centres and community hospitals; commence procurement for the refurbishing and expansion of four hospitals (Victoria Jubilee, Bustamante, Spanish Town and Mandeville), four health centres and two community hospitals (Chapelton and Alexandria).

The initiative is slated to run until March 2017.