Millions to tackle child mortality
The Government has allocated $340 million towards the Reduction of Maternal and Child Mortality in Jamaica Project.
This is contained in the 2015-16 Estimates of Expenditure, which is now before the Standing Finance Committee of Parliament.
The objective of the project is to provide support to Jamaica in attaining its Millennium Development Goal of reducing child mortality and improving maternal health.
The project seeks to further 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; improve the quality of management of high-risk pregnancies at both tertiary and primary health-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 to strengthen the institutional capacity of the Ministry of Health and regional health authorities.
draft research proposal
As of December 2014, the project has developed a draft research proposal regarding causes for premature death in infants submitted by the University of the West Indies (UWI), commenced training for doctors and dieticians at the UWI, and started the training for nurses at the University of Technology.
For the 2015-16 fiscal year, the Government will seek to improve newborn care and emergency obstetrics care in hospitals, improve the quality of primary health-care services and referral system, improve clinical knowledge and skill of health-care workers; and improve support to health-seeking behaviour of the target population and the role of civil society.
The project is funded by the European Union through grants.