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Health Ministry Worried About International Donors Withdrawing Funds From Local Health Systems

The Ministry of Health is reporting that it is worried about international donors who are cutting funds or in some cases pulling out from supporting the local health system.

Health Minister Dr. Leslie Ramsammy said the new trend could be a result of donors feeling the squeeze with the recent financial meltdown. He stated that the local health system may not be perfect but there are some areas that need to be improved.

The Health Ministry with support from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is working to examine and prioritize the draft 2010 Health System Assessment findings report.

The findings will be examined during a three day workshop as the two agencies work to develop action plans that could strengthen the loop holes in the health system.

The draft report recommendations is divided into short, medium and long term in the areas of health finance, service delivery, health information systems and human resources.

The United States Embassy here in Georgetown has announced that its USAID mission in Guyana will cease operations effective from the beginning of the fiscal year 2012 which start in October.

The move according to the US government is part of its worldwide strategy to tighten its budgetary environment. USAID has been involved in several health and development projects here especially those that cover the fight against HIV and Aids.

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