Mexico enjoys an advanced and modern healthcare system, but most facilities and personnel are located in urban areas, leaving rural populations underserved. Many of the health challenges facing Mexicans are those found also in developed countries – heart disease, obesity, and smoking, for example. Life expectancy is average for the region, and infant mortality has decreased significantly in the past two decades. However, while Mexico’s maternal mortality rate has dropped in recent decades, it remains higher than in many countries in the region.
Also of concern is Mexico’s adult HIV prevalence rate, which is one of the lowest in Latin America, but is complicated by unequal access to care combined with social stigma toward those living with HIV and AIDS.
MEASURE Evaluation worked in Mexico until 2015 to help address these health issues, focusing on capacity building. Like other parts of the developing world, Latin America is burdened by a persistent shortage of personnel professionally trained in monitoring and evaluation (M&E) of health interventions. In response to this shortage, MEASURE Evaluation worked with Mexico’s Instituto Nacional de Salud Publica (INSP) to build its expertise in M&E training for Latin America and the Caribbean region. INSP is also a founding member of the Global Evaluation and Monitoring Network for Health (GEMNet-Health). MEASURE Evaluation’s work with INSP included:
- Implementing a monitoring and evaluation M&E track in two of INSP’s master’s degree programs – the Master of Public Health degree and the Master of Health Sciences degree.
- Developing a curriculum for INSP’s online public health master’s program, with a concentration in biostatistics and health information systems (HIS), as well as a one-year online postgraduate specialization in M&E.
- Collaborating on an annual regional workshop on evaluation of population, health, and nutrition (PHN) programs in Latin America.