Assess regional public health capacity and improve linkages

The countries of the Mesoamerican-Dominican Republic region share common public health challenges. Limitations in capacity to conduct disease surveillance, identify health priorities, and develop evidence-based public health policies and programs limit the ability to respond to the health needs of poor and underprivileged populations.

Mexico’s Instituto Nacional de Salud Pública (INSP) is leading an effort to build regional capacity for core public health functions in Central America and South-South collaboration in public health. INSP and partners are working in the region to map public health functions and identify areas for regional cooperation to be funded under a new MesoAmerican initiative.

Focus countries are:
  • Belize
  • Costa Rica
  • Dominican Republic
  • El Salvador
  • Guatemala
  • Honduras
  • Nicaragua
  • Panama
  • Southern Mexico