With the objective of improving the capabilities of doctors, nurses and of health professionals in general, who look after 20% of the population with lower income in the Mesoamerica region, the Carlos Slim Foundation (CSF), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the University of Miami have joined forces to offer two specialization programmes aimed at strengthening knowledge in the areas of maternal and child health and thus the quality of health care.
Through the Diploma in Maternal and Neonatal Health (AMENECE) and the Latin in Vaccinology (DILAVAC), offered through the Interactive Platform for On-line Education in Health (PIEENSO) developed by the Carlos Slim Foundation, registered professionals will be benefited from academic programmes in which national and international experts will be participating. Both programmes are granted by prestigious Mexican academic institutions such as UNAM and IPN, and now also by the Miller School of Medicine at the University of Miami.
Thanks to this alliance coordinated by the IDB, through 2016, the Carlos Slim Foundation will support the Mesoamerican countries through 2,000 scholarships, each with a cost of $1,500. In addition to this effort, the Department of Public Health Sciences at the Miller School of Medicine at the University of Miami joins this initiative by granting academic endorsement to graduates of the programme.
To contribute towards reducing gaps in health equality and strengthening knowledge in maternal and health care on professionals working in the most disadvantaged sectors of Mesoamerica, have been the triggers to form this tripartite alliance whose main goal is to help bring down one of the most worrisome scourge of the region: the mortality of women of reproductive age and children under 5 years.
“The IDB has a commitment with this educational initiative since the implementation of online Diploma is an investment in the formation of health care personnel in the region, which is a crucial element for improving the supply and quality in the provision of services for maternal, new-born and child health serving the poorest populations in Mesoamerica,” said Luis Alberto Moreno, president of the Bank.
“The alliance that has been formalized today, between our three institutions, is an important step to consolidate, through the academic endorsement of an institution as prestigious as the University of Miami, the effort and investment in human capital that the Carlos Slim Foundation has developed through the online training platform for health professionals, PIEENSO,“said Marco Antonio Slim, a member of the Board of the Foundation.
Dr. Julio Frenk, President of the University of Miami, added: “As a hemispheric institution, the University of Miami is not only dedicated to the generation of knowledge, but also to ensure that knowledge is placed at the service of those who need it. Our Department of Public Health Sciences mission is to improve the health of the population in the Americas through the development of local capacity in the region“.
With these training programs, the Carlos Slim Foundation, the University of Miami and the IDB support the strengthening of the quality and coverage of health services on which the governments of Mesoamerica work through the Mesoamerican Health Initiative.