CABEI support finances the acquisition of 32 new ambulances to benefit the Honduran population
The public health system will have 32 properly equipped ambulances to provide better care in 24 first and second level facilities in the country.
Tegucigalpa, March 6th., 2023. The Central American Bank for Economic Integration (CABEI) plans to improve patient transportation and specialized emergency care, as well as contribute to strengthening the country's public health system, with financing for the purchase of 32 fully-equipped ambulances for the work carried out in 16 of the country's departments.
In coordination with the Ministry of Health, we will begin the process of acquiring units to provide 19 ambulances to 16 first-level health care facilities and 13 ambulances to 8 second-level hospitals. This is expected to benefit 289,286 people in 19 municipalities in 16 departments served by the first level of health care and people in 7 departments served by the second level of health care.
"We are pleased to contribute to the strengthening of the Honduran health system, and with this initiative we are able to guarantee immediate first aid services to those who require them, in addition to facilitating their transportation," said CABEI Executive President, Dr. Dante Mossi.
The medical units will represent a 14% increase in the number of ambulances available in the network of public health facilities. The resources come from the redirection of US$4.39 million of CABEI financing to support the National Plan for the introduction of the COVID-19 vaccine, which successfully completed its implementation, benefiting the Honduran population through the acquisition and application of 4.4 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine.
The initiative is part of the Human Development axis of the Bank's 2020-2024 Institutional Strategy, aimed at generating effective social capacities for social inclusion that will translate into improved well-being and quality of life in Honduras and the region.