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UNFPA also provided support, as did UNICEF in the provision of mother-and-child care, and GAVI in immunization and the introduction of new vaccines.

d) Infrastructure improvement

Construction of the Cantagalo Health Center was launched and a health station was built in S. Marçal with domestic funding by the government, while eight community stations were refurbished in the districts.

As part of the improved operation of the Dr. Ayres de Menezes Hospital, an intensive care area was constructed, the emergency bay was refurbished, small infrastructural improvements were made, and diagnostic equipment purchased.

The purpose of all these efforts was to guarantee greater accessibility and equity in the area of basic health care. Water and Sanitation

Access to safer water and basic sanitation is one of the concerns of the NPRS, considering the importance of these factors to human living conditions and the impact they have on some poverty indicators and the MDGs.

Under the NPRS, the planned objectives for the water sector consist of:

a) increasing the population’s access to the public water supply system through private hookups and standpipes.

  • b)

    improving water quality.

  • c)

    developing existing urban water carriage systems.

  • d)

    building capacity to protect water sources and control quality.

To meet these objectives, the PAP provides for the following actions to be taken:

  • preparation of a hydrological and hydrogeological study of existing potential with a view to defining a policy for domestic water consumption and agricultural, industrial and energy production;

  • rehabilitation and expansion of existing supply systems;

  • installation of water treatment systems with a view to combating water-borne diseases;

  • promotion of public awareness and education campaigns on the rational use of water, and the protection and conservation of water sources;

  • improvement of the institutional framework.

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