Despite its status of middle-income country in terms of GDP, Panama still remains a society of sharp contrasts. The robust economic growth of today is a historic opportunity for progress in reducing poverty and inequality.
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Moving ForwardThrough HEPI implementation support missions, by virtue of the Bank’s comparative advantage, it provides technical expertise to review the implementation of the RBF scheme and makes sugg... Show More +estions to strengthen the processes involved.In light of the fact that the HEPI project closes in December 2014, the Bank continues to maintain an open dialogue with the Government of Panama and to work in close coordination with the IDB. Once the HEPI project closes, the beneficiary groups of the project would be absorbed by an IDB-supported Health Reform Project. Continued Bank engagement in Panama’s health sector would be in the form of analytical work to produce and share knowledge with the Government to better understand the use and distribution of financial and human resources in the health sector. BeneficiariesHilaria Palacios is a mother of five children and is four months’ pregnant with her sixth. Before, it was very difficult for Hilaria to access health services, due to the distance she had to travel to reach the fixed health unit, which involved walking long distances or prohibitive transport costs. Thanks to the visits to her community by the mobile team of health professionals, access to health services is brought to Hilaria by the mobile team. The mobile teams are comprised of a six-person team, including a doctor, nurse, nurse technician, nutritionist, health sanitation and environment specialist, and a driver. Thanks to this approach, Hilaria now has access to quality, basic health services, every month during her pregnancy.Hilaria Palacios, project beneficiary commenting on the difficulty accessing care prior to the mobile health teams. “I had to walk or take a boat to receive check-ups. It was very difficult.” Today, Hilaria receives care from the mobile health teams. “Here, I receive monthly check-ups from the Doctor." Show Less -
Bank Group ContributionThe Bank provided US$829,700 over 7 years. The success of the project design can be measured in the considerable leveraging of funds. The project attracted a significant amount ... Show More +of resources (approximately US$23 million) in the form of co-financing that far exceeded the GEF allocation of US$6 million. PartnersAn estimated 145 institutions from 23 countries and regional or international institutions participated in the thematic networks. Organizations responsible for project include the Implementing Agency, an Executing Agency, the IABIN Secretariat, the IABIN Council and the IABIN Executive Committee, the Coordinating Institutions of the Thematic Networks, the IABIN Focal Points, and the Governments and institutions of the Americas who are both data-providers and information users. Staff from the U.S. Geological Survey invested considerable amounts of time and energy towards the implementation of IABIN. NGOs provided close to half of the co-financing, followed by Government contributions which corresponded to 40 percent with the U.S. Government contributing more than half of total Government contributions. Multilateral organizations participated with close to 8 percent followed by academic institutions who contributed 3 percent. The co-financing materialized in the form of time of technical experts, hosting IABIN and meeting site locations, web-site development, launching and hosting amongst others.In addition, Since IABIN’s inception in 1996, all 34 countries have designated official IABIN focal points. Four IABIN Council meetings have been held with the IABIN focal points and a broad representation from international, NGO, and private sector communities. Show Less -
Moving Forward This is the first project of its kind in the region and will most likely lead to subsequent initiatives using similar models in other regions. The GRSF is interested in replicating this... Show More + project in Africa and Asia. The next phase of this project will serve to utilize baseline statistics that now exist thanks to the Observatory to measure the region’s compliance and progress towards the UN’s Decade for Action Road Safety indicators and goals. The results of this evaluation and analysis will subsequently guide future road safety efforts in the region and beyond. Beneficiaries Monica Gangemi, who lost her daughter in 2007 to a fatal traffic accident in Rosario, founded the non-profit organization “Compromiso Vial por Ursula y Carla” through which she works to improve road safety. According to Ms. Gangemi:“The Observatory is so important. The press uses OISEVI’s data for statistics on road safety; they used to use data from a non-profit because official data didn’t exist. OISEVI helps to explain the logic behind the numbers. When do we count the number of victims? Every 30 days? How do we compare to other countries? The OISEVI gives the figures the publicity and legitimacy they didn’t have before, and empowers us as citizens to make demands based on real data.” Show Less -