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Argentina delivers care to mothers and children (Chinês)

This Results Profile focuses on Argentina that delivers care to mothers and children. Argentina entered the Twenty First century with nearly one-third of its population lacking secure access to basic health care. When economic crisis struck in 2001, poverty rates shot up, more than half of low-income households lost their health insurance, and health outcomes deteriorated sharply among the poor. The government of Argentina launched Plan Nacer in 2004 as a free, voluntary, public insurance program to cover uninsured mothers during pregnancy and up to 45 days after delivery, as well as children under the age of six. As part of the Plan Nacer reform effort, the government changed the operating culture of its health system to offer incentives for performance. International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) assisted with the process by providing analytical support to diagnose the main causes of health system inefficiencies and identify options to better meet the needs of the poor. IBRD approved a Provincial Maternal Child Health Sector Adjustment Loan to support institutional changes that would form the foundation for planned reforms. As a result, more than one million previously uninsured pregnant women and children have basic health insurance and secure access to services. By moving from a traditional system based on inputs and fixed budgets to one geared around outputs and results, Plan Nacer has given beneficiaries more influence on service providers, enhanced transparency, increased accountability and improved public performance. IBRD continued to support Argentina in its efforts to achieve the Millennium Development Goals and its own national health goals.

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