Delegation of the European Union to Jamaica, Belize, Turks and Caicos Islands, Bahamas and the Cayman Islands

Rural health facilities receive ambulances to support maternal and child health.

01/06/2018 - 17:26

In June 2017, the EU supplied six ambulances to the Ministry of Health to facilitate improved access to emergency prenatal and neonatal care for expectant mothers in some rural areas in Jamaica.

The ambulances were acquired under the Programme for the Reduction of Maternal and Child Mortality (PROMAC) funded by the European Union.

The Government of Jamaica and the EU entered into a Financing Agreement in 2013 to support the development of PROMAC as well as Jamaica’s efforts to reduce child mortality and improve maternal health. The Programme aims to reduce the incidence of neonatal and maternal deaths due to lack of access to high dependency and emergency obstetric care; improve the management of high risk pregnancies at both tertiary and primary care levels; improve the population's health seeking behaviour regarding maternal and child health; enhance public awareness and understanding of health care processes and patients' rights and; strengthen institutional capacity of the Ministry of Health and Regional Health Authorities


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