The Ministry of Public Health has received equipment and material from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to boost the work of its Maternal and Child Health Department.
The donation included 1,000 Zika pregnancy wheels, 82 infant scales, 250 head circumference tapes, and 76 portable infant scales.
In March 2018, the US government began working with the Maternal and Child Survival Programme, in close partnership with the health ministry to improve the clinical capacity and care for newborns and toddlers.
Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy, Mark Cullinane commented on the importance of the partnership.
“The handover of these items today is a manifestation of the important health partnership between our two governments that support clinical and non-clinical Zika services benefiting infants, children, and families throughout Guyana,” he stated.
Cullinane added that Guyana has seen successes such as the improved capability of 104 health workers to treat children with Zika and the provision of psychosocial support to mothers and families affected by the virus.