Consistent with the Government of Guyana (GoG)’s unwavering commitment to reduce poverty, in the year 2000 Guyana adopted the Millennium Declaration along with 188 other countries and thus embraced the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) as the guiding framework for poverty reduction and development. Since then, the annual budget allocations to the social sectors more than doubled, from GY$25.1 billion in 2000 to GY$72.4 billion in 2013, and those directed to the health sector increased more than three-fold, from GY$4.86 billion in 2000 to GY$19.0 billion in 2013.
In 2011, the Ministry of Finance (MoF) published Guyana’s third MDG Progress Report in an effort to track and analyse progress toward the achievement of the MDGs. The findings of the report reflected the GoG’s steadfast commitment to reduce poverty and improve the quality of life of the people of Guyana. Furthermore, the report identified key priorities for national attention.
In particular, consistent progress was demonstrated in those targets related to nutrition, education, gender equality, child health, combating HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases, environmental sustainability and water and sanitation. Of the goals where targets were identified as potentially to be met by 2015, the improvement of maternal health was selected by the GoG as a priority for increased and expanded focus. In recognising that the responsibility for the health of our mothers is a national one, our Government is committed to ensuring that resources are leveraged and allocated to address these issues.
Guyana’s MDG Acceleration Framework (MAF) was developed by the GoG in collaboration with UNDP, with the view to accelerating progress toward achieving maternal health-related targets. This was placed in the context of the newly published National Health Strategy – Health Vision 2020 – which sets out the priorities for Guyana’s health sector over the period 2013-2020. The Action Plan that resulted from the application of the MAF to the Guyanese context will lead all interventions and discussions on the topic of maternal health and will serve to harmonise multi-sectoral response in this field, including that of development partners, creating the environment to more effectively leverage resources for achieving the initial outcomes.