$501.25 million has been allocated to The Programme for Reduction of Maternal and Child Mortality (PROMAC) in the 2016/17 Estimates of Expenditure, presented to the House of Representatives.
PROMAC aims to further reduce neonatal deaths, which are caused by the lack of access to high dependency care, and reduce maternal deaths that occur because of the lack of emergency obstetrics care.
The programme also looks to raise public awareness and health care processes to strengthen the institutional capacity of the Ministry of Health and Regional Health Authorities.
Over the next financial year, the Jamaican Government will look to improve infant care and emergency obstetrics in hospitals, the quality of primary health care services and clinical skills of health care workers.
The Programme for Reduction of Maternal and Child Mortality in Jamaica is part of the attainment of Millennium Development Goals Three and Four, outlined by the United Nationals Development Programme.
The project has been funded through European Union grants.
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Source: Jamaica Observer