Prefeasibility Study for the National Autonomous University of Honduras Medical Campus in Tegucigalpa and San Pedro Sula
- Beneficiary country(s): Honduras
- Sector: Health
- Year: 2022
- Beneficiary Executing Agency:
National Autonomous University of Honduras (UNAH)
The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed the fragile state of Honduras’ public health system There are only 0.4 hospitals per 100,000 inhabitants, which places Honduras in second to last place in Central America. Coverage for radiotherapy units is 0.7 units per million inhabitants, which ranks the country in fifth place in Central America. There is also a lack of adequately trained doctors and nurses for their care with only 0.37 doctors per 1,000 people. It is a ratio insufficient to achieve adequate coverage for primary healthcare needs. Meanwhile, the nursing coverage is two per 10,000 inhabitants, and eight nursing assistants per 10,000 inhabitants. This is one of the lowest indicators compared to the recommendation of the World Health Organization, which is 50 nurses per 10,000 inhabitants.
Support the development of a modern university medical campus in Tegucigalpa and San Pedro Sula to improve the quality of healthcare services and education in the country.
- The provision of guidance, recommendations, and design specifications for the development of the two university medical campuses including assessment of proposed locations selected by UNAH’s authorities, as well as the information systems to ensure the efficiency of their operation.
- Increase the institutional capacity building, specifically in the areas of hospital administration, operation systems, and curriculum development and management.
- Increased access to quality health care for Honduran people and reinforced competitiveness of the national public health system.