Rabat- The Moroccan Agency for International Cooperation (AMCI) will allocate USD 700,000, almost MAD 6.4 million, to Paraguay to improve six health units in the southern departments of Guairá and Caazapá to reduce child and maternal mortality, reported state press agency MAP.
Paraguayan Minister of Health, Carlos Morinigo, and the Moroccan Ambassador to Paraguay, Badreddine Abdelmoumni approved the donation on Tuesday, February 13.
The amount donated will be used to renovate the infrastructure and equipment of three Family Health Units (FHU) in Guairá and three others in Caazapá.
In addition, one FHU from each department will be provided with delivery services, laboratories and radiology rooms, which will benefit approximately 50,000 people. Starting next week, a Moroccan delegation will supervise the work in the health centers concerned.
Pregnant women are the main beneficiaries of these FHU, dedicated to providing adequate birthing conditions. Due to the fact that infant mortality affects 17 children out of 1000 in Paraguay, the donation should positively impact the fight against infant mortality (Citing UNICEF’s November 2017 Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS)).