IDB loan to im­prove health­care in Bo­livia

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Bo­livia will im­prove the health­care ser­vices of­fered to women, chil­dren in El Alto and Po­tosí, thanks to a $35 mil­lion loan ap­proved by the In­terAmer­i­can De­vel­op­ment Bank (IDB).

The project will seek to cut in­fant mor­tal­ity rates in the de­part­ments of La Paz - where El Alto is lo­cated - and Po­tosí by a fifth by 2017 and early neona­tal mor­tal­ity rates by a quar­ter in those same ar­eas, partly by im­prov­ing health man­age­ment and build­ing and equip­ping new fa­cil­i­ties. Po­tosí and El Alto are home to some of the poor­est and mostly in­dige­nous pop­u­la­tions of the coun­try. Bo­livia has made im­por­tant ad­vances in re­cent years in low­er­ing ex­treme poverty and in­fant mor­tal­ity.

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